The Three Laws of Nanorobotics | Michael Sailor | TEDxUCSD

Michael Sailor presents his talk about the prevalence of nanotechnology in our modern world today in various things such as cancer.

Michael J. Sailor is Professor and Leslie Orgel Scholar in Inorganic Chemistry in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and at the University of California, San Diego. He is also an Affiliate Professor in the Departments of Bioengineering, Nanoengineering, and in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at UCSD. He is an expert in nanophase materials, with emphasis on porous silicon.

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  1. Eric Drexler, David Goodsell, Ralph Merkle, Robert Freitas, Mike Roco and John Storrs Hall are the main innovators in the field of Nanotech. Eric Drexler is the first one, the father of Molecular Nanotechnology, so, the founder of a whole arsenal of approach strategies. Those Scientists and Engineers have not be mentioned as the main contributor theorists and practicians in the field of Molecular Nanotechnology. the lecture should not be so short, but it should be more analytic in strategies, describing the new ideas of Molecular Mechanosynsthesis and Bottom-Up approach of Nanomanufacturing. Also, the revolution in Nanotech and Nanomedicine will come from the real of BOTTOM UP TECHNIQUES. Molecular Robots will be built only if we solve the technical problem of Hierachical Self-Assembly. As Richard Feynman said ''what I cannot build, I do not understand''. So build it from the bottom up. 😉

  2. How about law number 4: make sure no superhuman organs are and will ever be required to destroy this thicking thinking nano-bodies? Or do not switch off the bio-clock sort when inside us? Humans does not follows the market laws, rather only the nature law. Maybe 50/50. The idea of self destruct is illuminating, considering it's not bottom up, but top down 😉

  3. I heard billions of dollars were invested to this even banks invested is this still a development thing? This will be a breakthrough in medicine fighting cancer cells, enchantments to replacing our own human cells and even invading viruses/bacteria with a strong nano immune system.

  4. I suspect they used nano technology to create Covid virus. How hard would that be if we know what they do with these technologies? And why not if they have an agenda behind it…

  5. Just so you know… if you can efficiently replace all of the old parts of a person at a nanoscale with parts from before that time (replacing the older cells with younger artificial cells that are tailored to the person), you can basically counteract aging completely.

  6. The problem is the 3rd law, if their function becomes a danger to their creator or have completed their function they should self destruct in a biologically safe manner to be excreted through urine and feces. Viruses are nanoparticles and we're living a Terminator type scenerio at this very moment but the T-1000 is Sars-Cov2


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