Sunday, October 30, 2005

Richard Smalley - RIP

Nobel Laureate Richard Smalley passed away last week. He had been suffering from Cancer for a while, so the death was not a complete surprise, although it was a little sudden.

Smalley got his Nobel prize for discovering fullerenes, and while many were not convinced at the time of the use of fullerenes, I think today there is no argument that the kinds carbon-based nanotechnologies that he pioneered are here to stay. Smalley was also an opponent of "Drexlerian" nanotechnology, which focus on molecular nanomachines (I think Smalley called this "dry" nanotechnology).

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Jonathan Schwartz

For those who don't know, Jonathan Schwartz is President and COO at Sun Microsystems.   While I tend to disagree with a lot of what Sun has done in recent years, and about 80% of what Jonathan writes in his blog, I must admit it is one of the better reads out there.  I like his style and at some level I take perverse pleasure in some of his opinions, which are often very different from what mine would be.   One thing I would love to tell him: "Jonathan, Solaris is done.  Get over it"

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Technology and our world

One of my favorite magazines is Technology Review, the technology magazine out of MIT. The magazine routinely covers the state of the art in biotechnology, electronics, nanotechnology and other technology areas. The focus is not only on what the latest technologies are, but also which ones are commercially viable and those that are currently receiving an influx of funding. It is amazing what consititutes technology today. Some of us have been fortunate to be at the cutting edge of technology and see their growth over time as they become pervasive in our daily lives.

I strongly believe that the adoption of technology, and more importantly making it available to the general public in a way that is most beneficial is very important for the continued success of society. Many people find technology intimidating, and perhaps it is the fault of us techies, as we tend to make technology sound like science fiction at times (certainly a lot of the tech media does that). If the average person understood technology better, or perhaps was shielded as much as possible, then a lot of the apprehension that I have seen may be overcome. This is especially true for biotechnology and nanotechnology. One rather nice solution: appropriate education.

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