Imaginary Dilemma Fixed by Invisible Machines…

April 6, 2007

I’d like to describe one that Engines didn’t mention, a system that could address global warming. Molecular machinery can be used to sort gas molecules to extract carbon dioxide from air. This requires substantial energy — the process compresses a gas — but it can be done with good thermodynamic efficiency. To remove 100 parts per million of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as a whole, compressing it to liquid density for long-term storage, would require several terawatts of power for 10 years. This could be provided by solar arrays with the total area of a square roughly 200 kilometers on a side. By providing the necessary molecular machinery and dropping the cost of the arrays, molecular manufacturing can make it affordable to remove and store the excess carbon dioxide that has accumulated since the first industrial revolution.

~ From 20th Anniversary Addition of Engines of Creation by K. Eric Drexler

Um, okay, what CAN’T nanotech do? I mean, come on. This is just OUTRAGEOUS.

Or maybe not.

The future is really limitless. I feel so fortunate to be a part of it.


2 Responses to “Imaginary Dilemma Fixed by Invisible Machines…”

  1. Dave in the West said

    That solution sounded almost sarcastic for a second. It does sound cool that we can solve global warming, but that sounds like a lot of resources going into doing it. Plus, I’m not feeling the urgency of the whole thing… whether or not I should be. I probably should, but it’s kinda been on the back shelf for me.

    Neat though… nice to know that there is a solution if necessary.

  2. Smoky said

    So where can I get my do-it-yourself nanokit?



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