is a different type of endeavor.
Our purpose, stated in our articles of incorporation, is:
[...] to develop nanofabrication and nanoassembly technologies, and self-replicating systems utilizing same, and apply these to the benefit of humanity, biological life, and the environment, subject to the minimization of associated risks [...]
An example mechanosynthetic reaction:
Carbon dimer addition to a precise location on a
diamond nanostructure surface.
Concise Introduction to Programmable Self-Sufficient, Self-Replicating Molecular Nanotechnology
we could design a programmable robotic factory in such a way that it
itself could be put together by a similar robotic factory. Imagine
that this factory can also make solar panels, and also robots that
could gather the materials that the factory would use from the
environment. Then we have a programmable, self-sufficient,
self-replicating factory: it can supply itself with the necessary
energy and materials to make copies of itself and ultimately produce
what we want it to produce. Capital equipment can increase at a
geometric rate, with a relatively short generation time. This means
that our productive capabilities
Imagine further that this factory can be built at the tiniest scale, so that instead of assembling visible parts, it builds products from individual atoms or molecules, with atomic-scale precision (think of this as the ultimate in 3-D printing, with a broad range of materials). Then this type of system can produce faster, denser and more efficient electronics and computers than we have today. It can efficiently produce filters for desalination to provide enough pure water for everyone. It can also produce nanorobots, which could do things like repair cells and tissues, stop cancer cells from dividing, detect and kill viruses and bacteria and other pathogens infecting humans, animals or plants, and clean up pollution. Robotic systems for agriculture and aquaculture would become inexpensive and could end food scarcity using sustainable methods. Everything we make or build could be produced more efficiently, at lower costs, sustainably, with precision, and it would become completely practical to produce things that aren't presently possible.
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In various forms, the basic ideas of doing important parts of this have been put forward several times going back many decades. Our focus is to make the highly useful combination laid out above viable, sooner rather than later, so that we can meet both longstanding challenges facing us as well as emerging threats. We have specifically avoided accepting funding from public sources and investments requiring profit maximization in order to retain full control of this work and ensure that neither profit motive nor political agendas interfere with the appropriate development and use of this revolutionary technology….We pursue this with only resources that permit us to make sure that this work benefits the planet and humanity, and also to be in a position to guide its development to avoid the risks that might otherwise arise; while there are many opportunities to profit, we will never put profits ahead of those aims.
In order to make certain this technology solves problems rather than creating them, stringent safety measures and policies will be adopted.
AI will not
lead the singularity.