a long while after the arrival of nanotech there will be legacy
equipment that people will want to use. Yes, there may well
be more efficient alternatives, but, these will be familiar.
will include white goods such as fridges, cookers and washing
we are often told that these days that there is no point in
repairing these, just junk them and get a new one; cost of
replacement is frequently comparable to cost of repair.
is a terrible waste of resources, as many parts of these devices
are likely to be quite serviceable, and the waste involved,
including transport costs, even if these parts are all recycled,
seems quite horrendous.
would seem an ideal way of doing on-the-spot repairs.
If we assume that you buy a "can of nanobots", which
includes all the resources needed to power and control them,
and materials to do a wide range of common repairs, would
this be a good idea?
nanobots would ideally have a full spec of the item they are
to repair, and the standard repair process; if they don't,
could they explore the item and determine what it was like
originally, and what needs to be done to repair it?
the nanobots all return to the can, carrying back any that
broke down on the job, as well as any materials that should
not be in the repaired item, so as to do a proper clean up?
the can consult the Internet, or whatever, to get the manufacturers
spec of the item to be repaired?
a single can be good for a number of repairs?
The model used here is that until a good understanding is
developed of the interaction of nanotech and the environment,
a good initial approach is to leave any area in which nanotech
is used "nano clean" afterwards.
particular, any active nanotech doesn't leave any even potentially
active nanotech behind.
Copyright © 2004 Rory McLean