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New Laws of Robotics proposed for US kill-bots

In nano on April 15, 2007 at 11:21 pm

New Laws of Robotics proposed for US kill-bots

By Lewis Page

Published Friday 13th April 2007 17:05 GMT

A new set of laws has been proposed to govern operations by killer
robots. The ideas were floated by John S Canning, an engineer at the
Naval Surface Warfare Centre, Dahlgren Division – an American
weapons-research and test establishment. Mr Canning’s “Concept of
Operations for Armed Autonomous Systems” presentation can be downloaded
here (pdf) (http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/2006disruptive_tech/canning.pdf).

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Nanotechnology:The Future is Coming Sooner Than You Think

In nano on April 15, 2007 at 11:18 pm

Nanotechnology:The Future is Coming Sooner Than You Think
A JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE STUDY
Jim Saxton (R-NJ), Ranking Member
Joint Economic Committee
433 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-226-3234
Fax: 202-226-3950
Internet Address:
http://www.house.gov/jec/

Abstract
Enhanced abilities to understand and manipulate matter at the molecular and atomic levels
promise a wave of significant new technologies over the next five decades. Dramatic
breakthroughs will occur in dive
rse areas such as medicine, communications, computing,
energy, and robotics. These changes will generate large amounts of wealth and force
wrenching changes in existing markets and institutions.
This paper discusses the range of sciences currently covered by nanotechnology. It begins
with a description of what nanotechnology is and how it relates to previous scientific
advances. It then describes the most likely future development of different technologies in a
variety of fields. The paper also reviews the government’s current nanotechnology policy
and makes some suggestions for improvement.

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