Video of my Oxford nanotechnology lecture

by Eric Drexler on 2011/12/07

I recently gave the Inaugural Lecture for the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology at the Oxford Martin School, and the lecture video is now available.*

The talk describes the application of physical law and exploratory engineering to studies of the future potential of nanotechnology.

Summary here: News & Research Highlights.

* With thanks to Stuart Armstrong, researcher and occasional videographer

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TomH December 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm UTC

Eric, I apologize for ‘hijacking’ a thread; but, have you seen the news about a release of methane gas from Arctic ocean hydrates? Here are two links:

Spiegel Online:,1518,547976,00.html

New Zealand Herald:

This is potentially calamitous. You need to get people talking about ways to address this using nanotechnology.

I’ve been skeptical about the idea of geoengineering as an answer to global warming; but, at this point I don’t see an alternative.

Eric Drexler December 21, 2011 at 12:34 am UTC

Hi, Tom — Yes, I’ve been following this story, and the report described in your second link should ratchet up concern by another notch or two (or maybe three).

Do the IPCC models take any explicit account of increasing Arctic methane release at all?

— Eric

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