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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As a result
the bouncing atoms collide with other materials and mess up the entire structure (Davidson A1). Taken in
hand with the movement of electron charges, many regard nanotech as impossible (Garfinkel 106). But
this is not the entirety of the obstacles confining nanotech development. One major set-back is the fact
that the nanostructures are too small to reflect light in a visible way, making them practically invisible
(Garfinkel 104).
Nevertheless, Nanotech engineers remain hopeful and argue that; "With adequate funding,
researchers will soon be able to custom build simple molecules that can store and process information and
manipulate or fabricate other molecules, including more of themselves. This may occur before the turn of
the century."(Roland 30) There are other developments also, that are pushing nanotech in the right
direction for as Lipkin pointed out recent developments have lead to possibilities of computers thinking in
3-D (5). Which is a big step towards the processing of information that nanotech requires. Although
there are still unanswered questions from some of the scientific community, researchers believe that they
are moving forward and will one day be able to produce nanomachines.
One such machine is regarded as a replicator. A replicator, as it's name implies, will replicate;
much like the way in which genes are able to replicate themselves (Drexler, "Engines" 23). It is also
believed that once a replicator has made a copy of itself, it will also be able to arrange atoms to build
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