Zyvex has gathered many leading minds in physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, and computer programming to focus on the long-range goal of molecular assembler
A molecular assembler
is a "proposed device able to guide chemical reactions by positioning reactive molecules with atomic precision", as defined by K.
This began as an outreach project from MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA), a research centre that has assembled millions of dollars in machines for research in digital fabrication, ultimately aiming at developing programmable molecular assemblers
that will be able to make almost anything (similar to the replicators found in Star Trek).
His research interests include: nanomedicine, medical nanorobotics design, molecular machine systems, diamondoid mechanosynthesis (theory and experimental pathways), molecular assemblers
and nanofactories, and self-replication in machine and factory systems.
It may sound far-fetched, but MM proponents point out that molecular assemblers
already exist--in the natural world.
If one leaves aside the technical argument regarding the viability of molecular assemblers
(5), there are a number of narrative elements in his book that make nanomachines both credible and inevitable.
By contrast, a full-fledged nanotechnology, especially if molecular assemblers
can be built, will disrupt all kinds of social and economic processes.
will add carbon fibers to objects a few at a time, building up a piece of diamond-fiber composite.
With fleets of molecular assemblers
churning out essential commodities without human labor, the world economy would be transformed, famine and poverty banished forever.
Fitted with tips that grab and move particular atoms or molecules, these microscopes will build invisible robotic arms and molecular assemblers
that will eventually man nanoscale factories.
19) According to this definition, it is difficult to imagine members of Smalley's network engaging in foresighting around the social implications of molecular assemblers
since they think them to be impossible.
Hunt said Zyvex had become the most publicized private nanotechnology business in the world and one of the most highly regarded company in the field of molecular assemblers