Nanotechnology: Immortality or Total Annihilation?

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Technology has evolved from ideals once seen as unbelievable to common everyday instruments.
Computers that used to occupy an entire room are now the size of notebooks. The human race has always pushed for technological advances working at the most efficient level, perhaps, the molecular level. The developments and progress in artificial intelligence and molecular technology have spawned a new form of technology; Nanotechnology. Nanotechnology could give the human race eternal life, or it could cause total annihilation. The idea of nanotech was conceived by a man named K. Eric Drexler (Stix 94), which he defines as "Technology based on the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules to build structures to
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Once these nanomachines are complete they will be able to grasp molecules, bond them together, and eventually result in a larger, new structure (Drexler, "Engines" 13). Through this and similar processes the possibilities of nanotech are endless. It is believed that nanites could build robots, shrunken versions of mills, rocket ships, microscopic submarines that patrol the bloodstream, and more of themselves (Stix 94). Hence, their is no limit to what nanotech can do, it could arrange circuits and build super-computers, or give eternal life (Stix 97). Overall Drexler contends; "Advances in the technologies of medicine, space, computation, and production-and warfare all depend on our ability to arrange atoms.
With assemblers, we will be able to remake our world, or destroy it" ("Engines" 14). In a more specific spectrum, are the impacts nanotechnology could have on the area of production. Nanotechnology could greatly increase our means of production. Nanites have the ability to convert bulks of raw materials into manufactured goods by arranging atoms (DuCharme 58). As a result of this increased efficiency, DuCharme believes that this will become the norm in producing goods, that this whole filed will now be done at the molecular level (34). Thus, nanotech could eliminate the need for production conditions that are harmful or difficult to maintain (Roland 31).