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Nanotech Protests Begin

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the misguided-youth dept.

Technology 693

ByteWoopy wrote to mention a Wire.com story discussing the danger of nanotechnology, and the beginning of a backlash against the branch of technology. From the article: "...environmental activists sauntered into the Eddie Bauer store on Michigan Avenue, headed to the broad storefront windows opening out on the Magnificent Mile and proceeded to take off their clothes. The strip show aimed to expose more than skin: Activists hoped to lay bare growing allegations of the toxic dangers of nanotechnology. The demonstrators bore the message in slogans painted on their bodies, proclaiming 'Eddie Bauer hazard' and 'Expose the truth about nanotech,' among other things, in light of the clothing company's embrace of nanotech in its recent line of stain-resistant nanopants."

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Pictures? (4, Funny)

eggoeater (704775) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781432)

So where are the pictures of these protestors?

Re:Pictures? (5, Funny)

AltGrendel (175092) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781466)

Believe me, we all know that there are people that SHOULD wear clothes. And these were probably them.

Re:Pictures? (3, Informative)

static5 (744055) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781604)

pictures? [akamai.net]

Re:Pictures? (3, Informative)

IceAgeComing (636874) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781474)


here [wired.com] is one (possibly NSFW)

Re:Pictures? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781551)

ugh.. why can't hippies be better looking? I guess because then they would be normal?

eesh (5, Funny)

aztektum (170569) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781589)

NSFW? That's NSFVAA = Not Safe For Viewing At Anytime

Re:eesh (2, Funny)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781612)

I must go kill myself now.
I wish I listened to you.
-nB

Re:Pictures? (1)

daniil (775990) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781498)

Right there [wired.com] .

Re:Pictures? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781521)

Uhm.. RTFA. Fair warning, they're not exactly super models.

(-1, Horny And Lazy)

Re:Pictures? (2, Informative)

PxM (855264) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781639)

Here [chicagothong.org] (NSFW)

Here we go... (4, Funny)

Datamonstar (845886) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781434)

And thus begins the Nanotech protests... Don't let the grey goo... Hey! a naked chick!!!

Don't get excited... (4, Funny)

lottameez (816335) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781542)

It's probably just some guy standing out there waving around his nano-penis. On the other hand, I suppose it's an interesting twist on the "does size matter?" question.

Re:Don't get excited... (4, Insightful)

Enigma_Man (756516) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781634)

The hilarious thing is these pants don't have the specific definition of "nanotechnology" in them at all. They are deliberately skewing the use of the word from the specific common-use meaning of "very small machines" to a very general case "very small manmade things". ALL it is is very small fibers of teflon, which is not a machine at all, just some molecules.

So, this is retarded every way you look at it. The protesters are protesting something that isn't even nanotechnology as it is commonly referred to in the first place!

-Jesse

Re:Here we go... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781570)

uhhh, heh, heh, uhhhhh,... naked chicks,... we're gonna score,... uhhhhh, heh,.....

someone enlighten me please (2, Funny)

harlemjoe (304815) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781437)

who the **** wears nanopants?

mary-kate and ashley?

Re:someone enlighten me please (1)

loveandpeace (520766) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781574)

Even geeks such as Bill Joy [wired.com] and Ray Kurzweil [kurzweilai.net] have been decrying the scary nature of nanotechnology, especially where it dovetails with artificial intellenge and genetic engineering, for over five years. But the interesting part here is, how many geeks are going to be the ones to buy these pants? I mean, we're the ones who bought a prius, not just because it was envionmentally friendly, but because it was a gadget and a Good Idea. For those of us who live at (or at least are not afraid of) the command line [cyberpunk.ru] , a pair of khakis that sheds coffee stains [eddiebauer.com] sounds like a dream come true.

CONSPIRACY THEORY: Revenge of the Suits (0)

eno2001 (527078) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781674)

Considering the more useful applications of nanotech, don't you think it's a little suspcious that the only people who would actually wear nanopants are geeks? Think this is coincidental? Think again. You know that suit that works in the corner office? Well, he and his compatriots are getting sick of the fact that these days nerdas make better lovers [slashdot.org] . We're getting the girls and they're losing out. So, they've devised this clever marketing ploy to make sure that geeks and nerds get themselves into a pair of nanopants just because they're "geek chic". They plan to make sure that geeks don't get a chance to reproduce even if they do wind up with a good looking hottie. Why are they doing this? To ensure that the future is full of conservative business people and not those dirty liberal and libertarian geek types. Beware the nanopants!!!

Re:someone enlighten me please (5, Informative)

Ibiwan (763664) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781661)

I wear nano-pants... These particular pairs are known as Dockers "Stain Defenders (tm or something)" and really do , uh... defend against stains. Case in point: I was in a restaurant, and someone moved a plate which moved a cup which moved a soup bowl into my lap. I stood up, brushed my hand down my pant leg once to flick the soup off, and sat down again. The table took more cleaning than this amazing material did. I love 'em and swear by them. (wrinkle-resistant too, as a bonus!)

I think the nanotech protestors... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781438)

...are a very very tiny minority.

Re:I think the nanotech protestors... (1, Funny)

computational super (740265) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781520)

Actually, I clicked through the link and looked at the pictures. Tiny wouldn't describe any of the people I saw pictures of...

Yeah.. (5, Funny)

MaGGuN (630724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781439)

Nano bad.. let's get naked!

Re:Yeah.. (4, Funny)

databyss (586137) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781461)

Yeah, nothing says that you're serious about an issue like getting naked!

Could never happen... (1)

MECC (8478) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781440)



Its all fun and games, until nanotech technologies like claytronics [cmu.edu] are used to make a shape-shifting cyborg [imdb.com] , and someone gets an eye poked out.

Re:Could never happen... (1)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781585)

Its all fun and games, until nanotech technologies like claytronics are used to make a shape-shifting cyborg, and someone gets an eye poked out.

Admit it, you were really thinking of Gumby rather than Terminator.

Nanopants (2, Funny)

ciole (211179) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781441)

Squeeze as I can, I just can't fit in em.

Re:Nanopants (1)

AnonymousJackass (849899) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781545)


Squeeze and strain too much and you'll need to hope they're really as "stain resistant" as they're claimed to be... :)

PICS PICS PICS PICS PICS?!?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781443)

On second thought...

*thinks back to 'environmental activists' seen during similar protests*

Keep the pics.

Whats so bad about this? (3, Funny)

qazwsxqazwsx90 (321105) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781445)

I'm going to start wearing nanotech all the time if it draws protesters like these.

Re:Whats so bad about this? (1)

Datamonstar (845886) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781563)

Hot Protester: Ah ha! Just as I thought. Nanopants! I see that you'll never learn, qazwsxqazwsx90... *unbuttons blouse*

Re:Whats so bad about this? (4, Funny)

wolfgang_spangler (40539) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781569)

I'm going to start wearing nanotech all the time if it draws protesters like these.

Apparently you didn't see the pictures...

Wire.com? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781450)

I believe it's wired.com

I'm confused! (4, Insightful)

goldspider (445116) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781452)

I thought the Evil Religious Right(tm) had cornered the market on unreasonable opposition to scientific progress. What am I supposed to make of this??

Re:I'm confused! (2, Funny)

halivar (535827) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781543)

I thought the Evil Religious Right(tm) had cornered the market on unreasonable opposition to scientific progress. What am I supposed to make of this??

Only that you should be thankful we keep our clothes on. Well... most of us, anyhow. Those other ones are total loonies.

Nanopants? (2, Funny)

mpathetiq (726625) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781454)

My pants are already too tight, why are they making them smaller?

Dont bother clicking the link... (3, Funny)

0kComputer (872064) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781455)

Theres no nudity in the pictures :(

Re:Dont bother clicking the link... (1)

sTalking_Goat (670565) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781590)

what a jip. These protesters take the time ane effort to get naked to protest they're very valuable cause and the media can't be bothered to show all that nudity?

I'm tired of the media censoring public opinion. Down with !

Show us the nudity!

Nanopants? (1)

jimbo3123 (320148) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781457)

I'd be interested to see the nanopeople that wear EB's nanopants.

we know what we will NEVER PROTEST (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781458)

eeheehehe

muahahaa

Taco's Wife [tubgirl.com]

My Beauty..

There have been hundreds of Nanobot Protests... (0)

Cr0w T. Trollbot (848674) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781460)

...actually, but since the protestors were too small for reporters to see, news networks never covered them...

Crow T. Trollbot

Nekkid? (-1, Redundant)

Carl_Cne (253854) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781463)

Where was I at??

Love those khakis (5, Informative)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781464)

I've got several pairs of those nanotech khakis. They don't stain at all, even with coffee spilled on them. It doesn't seem to be "real" nanotech, though, just some kind of nylon polymer treatment for the material that makes it water-resistant.

Eddie Bauer makes some nice jeans too. Levis always seem to feel better, but I get a lot more compliments when I'm wearing my Eddie Bauer jeans.

I'm not sure what they are trying to protest. Maybe they can get some mites rolling around naked in the store or something. That ought to give them something "nano" to worry abuot.

Re:Love those khakis (4, Informative)

IceAgeComing (636874) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781552)

They claim that the pants contain teflon, which is in a family of chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin. It is known that this same family of chemicals accumulates in the body, that most Americans have some level of this in their bodies, and that there is research to show that it damages immune systems in other animals.

Re:Love those khakis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781605)

I'm not sure what they are trying to protest.

They probably don't know either. Luddites are so much fun.

No grey goo... (5, Interesting)

lilmouse (310335) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781471)

So sad, grey goo is unlikey to come from this... But we could still get cancer!

The problem with nanotechnology is that we don't really understand why much of it works, and we don't have any idea how the special properties it has will affect our bodies. Nano-whiskers? Great - I'm sure they help keep stains from getting on clothes. But what the *hell* are they going to do in my lungs?

As we've seen time and again, what we don't know really can hurt us...

--LWM

Re:No grey goo... (3, Insightful)

Winkhorst (743546) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781668)

Okay, let's just suppose that viruses were a technological development of an ancient civilization. One can imagine a protest that would draw a chorus of laughter from the technical elite of the time. "These guys are just against technological advancement," they might say, "a bunch of luddites." Well, it really amazes me that science can run off willy nilly inventing all manner of peculiar "stuff" and it never occurs to most folks that they could be opening themselves and their descendants up to thousands of years of consequences. Next time you rip some of that round-leafed mint viney shit out of your lawn, remember, this too was trumpeted as an advancement.

Wait a minute (1)

MarkPNeyer (729607) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781472)

I thougt it was supposed to be the conservatives who opposed new technologies for stupid reasons? /boggle

Re:Wait a minute (0, Flamebait)

lilmouse (310335) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781550)

<mid-last-century>Yeah, stupid luddites thinking asbestos isn't wonderful!</mid-last-century>

--LWM

Re:Wait a minute (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781553)

Care to give any examples?

Re:Wait a minute (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781606)

I thougt it was supposed to be the conservatives who opposed new technologies for stupid reasons? /boggle

Hahahaha! Hahahaha! Hahahaha! Hahahaha! Hahahaha!

I'm sorry, but really, the moronic controlling liberal left does that!

Hahaha! Conservatives doing it, yeah right.
HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Yeah... (1, Funny)

paul248 (536459) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781475)

Just call me when self-replicating pants start to take over the world.

Translation (1)

Badgerman (19207) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781476)

People with too much time on their hands decide to pre-emptively protest something decades away by getting naked.

So now, they've associated concerns over proper use of nanotechnology with people stripping in public. Nice job. That'll definitely encourage people to take such issues seriously.

I just love (1)

Steepe (114037) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781477)

these bunny humping little freaks. They have NO IDEA what they are protesting, but yet they protest.

And before you say "they are protesting nanotechnology", RTFA! Yes they are, but they have no idea why, other than its something different to protest.

Re:I just love (1)

Approaching.sanity (889047) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781581)

these bunny humping little freaks. They have NO IDEA what they are protesting, but yet they protest.

Actually i think that if we look into it they are probably opposed to cruelty to animals too.

Kneejerk Activism (4, Insightful)

The Kryptonian (617472) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781481)

I was standing in line to see a movie years ago - I forget which one - when I was approached by petitioners from PETA who were upset about the treatment of the horses in the latest Conan movie.

They showed me a letter from the Spanish Department of the Interior which said, basically, "Gosh, if you say they were abused, then we believe you." Then they waved this letter around claiming the Spanish Government corroborated their claims.

People who run up and start protesting before they know a damned thing about what they're protesting just make me laugh. I hope at least that the people who took off their clothes had nice butts, because apart from some tittilation, that's all they accomplished.

Afterwards (1)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781486)

Afterwards they all drove away in their SUVs.

In all seriousness, most new technologies have the potential for good and bad. How many people have been killed by electricity? Should we not allow new technologies to advance because there are dangers? I think nano is truly the next frontier and I'm excited about it.

Atomic Atkins? (0)

cookiej (136023) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781487)

I'll be honest here. I'll have to lose a lot more weight before I can fit into those nano-pants.

So predictable (1)

cytoman (792326) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781490)

When people don't understand the science behind something as advanced as in today's world (molecular biology, nanotechnology), this type of knee-jerk reaction always happens. The sad thing is that it is very difficult to make such knowledge available to the layman because it is very hard to dumb down advanced scientific thought. Sure, some concepts can be explained by using metaphors, etc. but only up to a limit. Then, fear of the unknown takes over and such cycles repeat. Sigh.

Send in the Clowns (4, Insightful)

That's Unpossible! (722232) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781493)

I really enjoyed the "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!" episode about environmental activists. +1 Funny AND Insightful, highly recommended viewing.

I think the thing that stuck with me the most is that the environmental activists started out decades ago with a good idea, and then were usurped by anti-American/anti-Capitalist propaganda peddlers.

Re:Send in the Clowns (3, Insightful)

That's Unpossible! (722232) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781541)

Re:Send in the Clowns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781636)

That page denies me, saying that it's intended for "those who live in the United States"..

What a bunch of shit, Showtime...

Re:Send in the Clowns (4, Interesting)

doconnor (134648) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781655)

It's easy to be anti-American/anti-Capitalist when viewing the website gives this error: "We at Showtime Online express our apologies; however, these pages are intended for access only from within the United States."

Protestors suck (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781503)

Protestors protest for the hell of it. They should all go to hell.

Am I missing something? (1)

Taevin (850923) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781505)

I admit I mostly only scanned over the article, but it seems like the protest was more about Teflon. Granted it's being used on a nano scale but isn't this just hijacking fears about nanotechnology to make an environmental statement about a chemical?

scientists? (0)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781507)

I wonder how many scientists who actually understood the technology were in the group. I'm guessing 0.

WTF? Protesting pants?! (3, Funny)

rainwalker (174354) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781512)

Seriously, WTF are these people thinking?! Stain-resistant pants are "nanotechnology" in the sense that they have small fabric fibers! How the hell is this an environmental hazard?

Still, the idea of a "catastrophe brought on by millions of uncontrolled, destructive [Eddie Bauer pants] that chew through the environment" is very appealing to me, and I suggest that the SciFi channel makes a movie about it.

...[E]xperts note that little research has yet been conducted into the effects of nanotech materials on humans...

Yes, of course, the dangerous effects of pants on humans. These people are just fucking stupid. Way to be afraid of a marketing word.

Re:WTF? Protesting pants?! (5, Insightful)

lilmouse (310335) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781582)

Yes, of course, the dangerous effects of pants on humans.


Yeah, and people weren't scared of wall paneling either, when it contained asbestos.

--LWM

Re:WTF? Protesting pants?! (1)

Taevin (850923) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781616)

I think their entire protest was about Teflon. If you look at their brouchure thing all it talks about is Teflon... I don't think it even mentions nano-tech!

These people are either morons (very likely), trying to stir up fear and attention with scary buzzwords like "nanotechnology", or both (even more likely).

I am JC Denton... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781518)

...you insensitive clod!

Nanopants -- Where?!@ (1)

drewzhrodague (606182) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781523)

Hell, in all seriousness, if I had a list of available nano-tech (including foods), I'd definately try 'em. I am not affraid of modified plants, or opposed to things like nanopants. I would show off my nanopants to my friends and cow orkers.

I have these (non stretchy) microfiber shorts on now, not sure if these are considered nanotech. I sure would enjoy office shirts made out of the same material.

Protest all you want! However, these are products I personally want to buy, even as a novelty.

I hope they protestors (0, Offtopic)

aztektum (170569) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781524)

to protest against fat sweaty guys protesting nanopants

Great - Another Example of "Progressives" (1)

jac1962 (822171) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781531)

. . . attempting to thwart progress.

Why don't these morons go live in the developing world as most of the world's inhabitants do: impoverished, uneducated, and unemployed.

And don't forget to give away your trust funds before you go. And burn your passports too.

Re:Great - Another Example of "Progressives" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781628)

No, I think you don't want them to burn their passports until they get to whatever godforsaken hellhole they ultimately end up in--which, incidentally, as liberals, they wouldn't have otherwise cared less about (Who cares if DDT prevents malaria in Africa? It MIGHT hurt the pretty birdies and they're just a bunch of dirt poor people on some continent that we don't have to think about anyway).

Isn't this about Teflon, not nanotech (0)

enosys (705759) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781532)

Isn't this protest about the toxicity of Teflon, not nanotechnology?

And this is helpful how? (1)

RealAlaskan (576404) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781533)

"...environmental activists sauntered into the Eddie Bauer store on Michigan Avenue, headed to the broad storefront windows opening out on the Magnificent Mile and proceeded to take off their clothes.

Other than a brazen publicity stunt, what does this do? It certainly tells us those particular environmental activists are nutcases, but what does it tell us about nanotechnology?

The strip show aimed to expose more than skin: Activists hoped to lay bare growing allegations of the toxic dangers of nanotechnology.

Again, how does laying bare their skin lay bare the dangers of anything else? This will fuel stereotypes which portray all Greenies as wacked-out wienies, but what does it tell us about nanotechnology?

I suppose that they hope their arrests will lead to press interviews, but those can only lead to soundbites, and folks who are swayed by that sort of crap are going to sway the other way tomorrow.

NUTS! (1)

OctoberSky (888619) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781534)

I have carried my cellphone in my front left pants pocket for damn near 8 years, and I have seen no side effects. Infact I have grown an inch and now have a thrid testicle! If nanotechs can promise me as much success as the radiation from my cellphone, I'm all in.

Damned new-Luddites (1)

WouldIPutMYRealNameO (874377) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781537)

I really have a thing for these people who would rather live in the dark ages. Sure, they're happy that modern technology gives them food on the table, power in their houses, and enough free time to go and protest. But, WHOA there fella, we don't want any of that new potentially harmful technology stuff around here. The potential benefits of a working nanotechnology far outweigh any potential problems - but noooo, we don't want humanity living in a clean environment where manufacture of goods is cheap and automatic - what would we protest about then?

Damn I hate it when people are stupid, don't even get me started about how some people think it is better to BURN COAL than use nuclear power plants.

Bah, they weren't even hot naked protesters either!

Someone should tell the protestors (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781538)

...the pants are for external use only. Short of ingesting or inhaling them, I don't think they have much to worry about.

/ And if any of them smoke, drink, or use cell phones, they deserve a swift kick in the ass.

No wonder their clothes cost so much... (1)

Khakionion (544166) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781547)

"in light of the clothing company's embrace of nanotech in its recent line of stain-resistant nanopants"

Stain resistant nanopants? Sounds high-tech, sign me up.

Pinpiont (1)

Valiss (463641) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781554)

Wow, so we can actually pinpoint exactly when the backlash to this tech started? Sounds like a "when I was your age" story to tell the (eventual) kids.

Already seeing signs (4, Insightful)

joelpt (21056) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781559)

We're already seeing signs of problems to come: buckyballs appear to cause Alzheimer's-like damage when they get into the brains of fish.

http://www.newscientist.com/channel/mech-tech/nano technology/dn4825 [newscientist.com]

I have been eagerly awaiting the first self replicating nanomachines ever since reading Engines of Creation (http://www.foresight.org/EOC/ [foresight.org] ) but the tech probably has a long convoluted road ahead to acceptance and safe use. If we are seeing problems already with buckyballs - perhaps the simplest example of nanotech - the implications will be far greater for something like airborne nanobots that clean the air, or your bloodstream.

protestors..... (1)

generalleoff (760847) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781564)

Somone needs to start an anti-protestors, protest group.

Protest Something Important... (0, Flamebait)

Evil W1zard (832703) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781565)

Instead of protesting the fact that EB is using specially engineered fibers that help protect you from the environment around you. Hey you can wear there UPF clothes that protect you from the sun so you don't get that nasty burn when you are out hiking and hugging trees. Seriously people that blindly protest something just tick me off. I heard the Eddie Bauer store had to purchase a special new set of security mechanisms to keep this from happening again. They put soap chips at all the entrances.

ERROR! ERROR! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781591)

Not even enviromental activists can stop me from becoming a cyborg! MUAH HA HA HA HA HA!

Why is it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781595)

that 99% of the people who want to be naked in public, really shouldn't be naked in public?

The dangers (0, Offtopic)

PxM (855264) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781599)

Contrary to the fear of grey goo, the main danger of nanotech comes from the fact that particles are smaller than the natural filters that organisms have evolved to protect sensitive cells. According to the article, the nanopant tech is just buzzword hype since the stain protection material is just another chemical. However, the article does mention the studies showing that carbon nanotubes and buckyballs do cause damage to cell membranes in humans and in other parts of the food chain.
--
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The problem with protesting nanotech is.. (1)

British (51765) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781615)

..your protest signs can only be viewed under an electron microscope.

They're Gonna Love The Stuff... (0, Flamebait)

Master of Transhuman (597628) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781621)

Transhumans come up with - like stuff to reduce them to their chemical components so they can be flushed off the street with a hose.

Maybe they were watching the simpsons (1)

MarkPNeyer (729607) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781623)

Don't you hate pants?

Haha (2, Interesting)

maelstrom (638) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781624)

OMFGWTFBBQ EVIL TECHONOLOGY. GET NEKKID. Protests like this lower the value of all other protests. Sort of like spamming lowers the value of all e-mail, you have to filter out the crap to actually see the stuff that is worthwhile.

But who needs logic when you can jerk your knee around some. These guys have the same mindset as the Creationists, just a different issue.

*plonk*

Left Wing Ignorant Hippies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781630)

Wow - those left wing ignorant hippies will look for ANY excuse to get naked in public. Don't they have productive roles to perform in society?

Not again (1)

mrogers (85392) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781633)

God, haven't manufacturers learned anything from the DNA-coated pants disaster 3.6 billion years ago? We're still trying to clean that one up!

Stupid (5, Insightful)

weston (16146) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781637)

Merits and dangers of technology aside, activists seem more and more stupid these days. Yeah, shock value gets you *attention* -- but not credibility. MLK had protestors dress up in their sunday best, looking dignified. If they'd run through the streets nude and shouting, it would have been a fine spectacle, but we'd probably still have seperate water fountains.

So yeah. Fight the man. Spark debate over nanotech, GM food, war, whatever. Just do it with some sense, OK? Protest is already in danger of becoming dead as a vector for social change. Turning it into an easy parody of itself isn't helping.

Nanobot in your pants... (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781641)

Is nano-technology in your pants, or aren't you happy to see me?

[Apologies to Lili Von Shtupp :-)]

OMG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12781644)

OMG!!! Nanotechnology shrinks you brain AND your penis!

Of all the anti-pc @$#& (2, Funny)

mrisaacs (59875) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781646)

Where do these heartless luddites get off protesting clothes meant for truly size-challenged individuals. There's always some new form of bigotry. We ought to organize a counter protest (clothed of course) to support these poor diminutive folk, so sorely in need of nano-pants...

Please! Oh please! (1)

SoulMaster (717007) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781648)

Living about 3 miles from one of thier factories, I now anxiously await the day Levi starts using nanotech.

I am certain that nothing would put me in a better mood than driving by some hot nudie protesters every the morning on the way to the office.

If they protest there, I'll get you /.ers your pictures! Don't worry!

The only thing more offensive (1)

Travoltus (110240) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781649)

than these nanotech protestors is the severe apathy people show regarding the potential dangers of nanotech.

Any form of calls for caution or restraint is dismissed as Luddism and lunacy.

What we're experiencing in technology now is what we experience initially from the passenger seat of a car on a road where there's no speed limits and no traffic cops.

Pollution question (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781652)

Didn't ecology activists protest against the use of other non-biodegradable materials?

Anyway, so far the greatest danger I see is a gradual environmental pollution with fullerenes (nanotubes, buckyballs). But can this risk be prevented? And will the nanotech advances be able to actually help fight pollution (i.e. more efficient fuel cells, solar cells, etc)?

Of course the industry must be controlled. I wouldn't like thousands of animals dying due to a fullerene outbreak, but I certainly don't want millions of SPECIES to be EXTINGUISHED because of global warming, either.

Have you considered how much fuel is burned to power the millions of computers in the world? Now imagine a world where computers use nanotech batteries which can be recharged by a mere 5 minutes exposure to the sunlight.

So, will the benefits outweight the potential risks?

The new fancypants? (1)

theantipop (803016) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781663)

"Well hello Mr. Nanopants."

I can't take them seriously.... (1)

ShyGuy91284 (701108) | more than 9 years ago | (#12781665)

There is no way in hell I can take a group seriously that knowingly calls themselves "THONG"....
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