wonder if a major requirement will be to retro-fit existing
structures, rather than do "green field" construction
(on Earth, anyway).
So, what you would be interested in
then, would be to produce a lining for an existing house,
which would hopefully be structurally sound. And have this
fit in a minimal size; for other discussions on "Nanotech
House in a Suitcase" see:
Also of interest, though not part of
the basic idea, would be to provide a way to hook up to utilities,
and provide suitable resources to make the place liveable,
and even comfortable.
So, as an extension to the "new
home" idea, how about a "home renovation" suitcase,
which can be used in almost any existing structure?
As a refinement it would return to
the suitcase form, leaving the original structure with minimal
Another important consideration is the environmental impact
you are prepared to cause, and whether utilities like a molecular
conveyor "pipeline" are available. There is a lot
to be said for making the base materials required man-portable,
though a power line, and maybe somewhere to dump generated
heat, will probably be required.
That might imply a, say, super-conducting
refrigerant utility, so you can control what heats up where,
might be a good utility investment for the future! [grin]
There are probably good reasons to make nanotech as "modular"
as possible, so we can figure out and keep track of what is
Maybe, like the arguments for using
RISC rather than CISC processors, less complex interactions,
so even though the performance is not quite so optimised,
it is a lot easier to get it to work.
See the history of the ARM, as opposed
to the fun and games Intel have had with the x86.
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