Eco Terrorist Paranoia

Nano particle

What is eco-anarchist group Il Silvestre’s problem with nanotechnology? I guess it sounds pretty scary to them. What do they fear, a nano-bot take over? But this technology is very different to that.

We’ve already had the microscopic technological revolution, which allowed advanced computer electronics and other things. Nanotechnology simply allows us to view and manufacture technology at an even smaller scale. It’s the next logical step.

It covers a whole range of things, such as medications and chemicals. There are all kinds of applications. I really don’t know what there is to be paranoid about. It’s essentially what we’ve already been doing, except at a smaller scale.

There was a recent case concerning nano particles in sunscreen lotion. The concern was whether it had particles that were too small, such as zinc, which helps in reflectivity and protecting skin.

It was feared that the nano particles would not simply be absorbed into the skin but get into other internal organs. This is mainly theoretical, however, and is the only real thing to worry about at the moment.

“The apparent attack is believed to be part of a new co-ordinated wave of eco-terror on the continent. The IBM site is due to be opened next year and will be the most advanced centre for nano- and biological scientific research in Europe.

According to reports, the eco anarchists Il Silvestre are opposed to all forms of nanotechnology. The group was formed in Tuscany and is considered by some to be one of the rising “eco-terror” groups in Europe, with a rigid cell structure, access to explosives, and a membership that supposedly has no qualms about killing to achieve its goals.”

‘Eco anarchists: A new breed of terrorist?’

“State of Fear is a 2004 techno-thriller novel by Michael Crichton concerning eco-terrorists who attempt mass murder to support their views.”

‘State of Fear’

Crichton’s novel Prey has more to do with this topic than State of Fear. Though personally, I think SoF is the better book.

“Prey is a novel by Michael Crichton based on a nano-robotic threat to human-kind, first published in hardcover in November 2002 and as a paperback in November 2003 by HarperCollins. Like Jurassic Park, the novel serves as a cautionary tale about developments in science and technology; in this case, nanotechnology.”

‘Prey (novel)’

21 May, 2010

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