[extropy-chat] Forbes Magazine on Robotics

John john.heritage at v21.me.uk
Mon Aug 21 15:06:47 UTC 2006

> Depending on your definition of far away.  The ITER people say the Fast
> Track version of their plan, which needs many a billion being pumped in
> by about 7 countries, doesn't see commercial reactors till 2050.  Big
> hot fusion is not going to come out of a garage.
> If you are hoping for self-rep nanotech to cheapen the building process,
> it seems to me that self-repped massive solar panel fields would be
> easier to design than a very complex reactor, and once they are built,
> bothering with fusion would seem less urgent.

Indeed, however fusion will also carry a lot of potential spin off advances 
in terms of how we can manipulate matter and utilise things for our own 

All the best,

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