Halting nanotech research ‘illogical,’ says pioneer

April 30, 2003 | Source: NewScientist.com news service

The call for a moratorium on nanoparticle research is more of an attention-grabbing mechanism than a serious proposal, says Eric Drexler, who coined the phrase nanotechnology.

The real threats to nanotechnology are the emergence of the technology in the hands of secretive or irresponsible parties and an attempt to over-control the technology, he adds.