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This is an abstract for a talk to be given at the Fifth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology.
The basic long term objective of molecular nanotechnology is now widely accepted: we should be able to develop a manufacturing technology able to inexpensively fabricate most products which can be specified with molecular precision and which are consistent with physical law. As the direct development of such a capability using our present technology appears challenging, and as it seems likely that any developmental pathway will require substantial resources, it is essential that the nanotechnology community as a whole develop a greater consensus about both the nature and value of the long term objective, and the kind of intermediate objectives that should be pursued to achieve that long term objective.
Ralph C. Merkle, Xerox PARC, 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304, Phone: 650-812-4422, Fax: 650-812-4471, E-mail: email@example.com
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