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|Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:27 pm Post subject: Prince Andrew sees opportunities in nanotechnology
|Prince Andrew sees opportunities in nanotechnology
by Eric Berger
In Dallas, British royal says it holds business promise, can transform lives.
Although his older brother once expressed concern that nanotechnology will turn the planet into a wasteland, Britain's Prince Andrew frets not at all about the emerging science.
In fact, the British royal believes nanotechnology to be a sound business opportunity.
"Innovation in nanotechnology holds great promise, not only for business but for transforming people's lives," Andrew said Thursday. "It would seem that nanotechnology's potential is limitless."
Andrew, the Duke of York, made his remarks during the final day of nanoTX '06, a state conference to promote nanotechnology research and commercial development.
Nanotechnology is the design and construction of materials and machines at the nano- meter scale.
During his brief speech, Andrew didn't refer to the comments made by Prince Charles in 2003, who said he was concerned about the environmental and social implications of nanotechnology.
In particular, Prince Charles said he feared the possibility of self-copying "nano-robots" that could spread across the Earth, a scenario known as the "grey goo" because the robots would assimilate every form of matter into still more nano-robots.
After he aired those concerns, Charles was rebuked by a number of scientists for being misinformed.
Since then, Charles has called nanotechnology "a triumph of human ingenuity" but said the risks should be thoroughly investigated.
Prince Andrew's visit to the conference came amid a U.S. trip to promote American-U.K. trade and business links. Britain's special representative for trade and investment, Andrew also has visited Washington and New York, and will stop in New Orleans today.
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle
This story was first posted on 29th September 2006.