Nanotechnology and sticky fingered nanobots

exchange of letters between Eric “molecular assemblers” Drexler and Richard “Buckyballs” Smalley, from Chemical and Engineering News. See handwaving and chemistry slug it out…
Link from Evan Goer. Goer summarizes a talk by Drexler like this:

Now, let’s review the structure of Drexler’s argument:

  1. Molecular operations are millions of times faster than the mechanical operations of a robotic arm in a factory.
  2. Here is a molecular robotic arm.
  3. Here is a set of useful-looking molecular structures.
  4. Profit!