Monday, July 24, 2006

Open door for boondoggle

Nanotechbuzz has an interesting article about a safety framework for nanotechnology. However I am immediately concerned with the possibilities created by government regulation. The problem is that there is no clear line between nano and the rest of the world. Water for example is a nano device composed of 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom. Will the government be able to further regulate our use of this resource as defined here? (not like they don't have a law covering every conceivable source of water already, but just suppose...)

We can synthesize sugar and we can even grow nanocrystals of it. Does that make it any less sugar? and do we really need regulation for nanocrystals of sugar? Plants produce them, so do we apply these new regulations to anyone growing plants?

That's the problem with government regulation, there is no built in regulation of the regulation. Maybe that is what we really need first, to regulate those who would regulate.

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