Nanotechnology Delusion

Instapundit usually doesn’t get a comment here, but this letter was beyond that pale. It has prompted me to write the following open letter:

As a supporter of nanotechnology, I was appalled to read the response that Mark Modzelewski, Executive Director of the NanoBusiness Alliance sent to Glenn Reynolds in response to an article on TechCentralStation.com:

http://techcentralstation.com/020504C.html

In this response (published at http://www.instapundit.com/archives/013951.php), he refers to Mr. Reynolds’ writings as “delusional fantasies and rantings”, and closes with the comments “I pity the tax payers of Tennessee that pay your salary as well as your students who will enter the job market with a head full of rocks (or perhaps molecular manufactured nanorobots) after listening to you.” I find the characterization that Mr. Reynold’s column is delusional ranting to be entirely unfair and in extremely poor taste. In addition, his personal attack on Mr. Reynolds is entirely inexcusable and over the line. This is particularly damning when he does so to an influential writer whose website attracts approximately 100,000 unique visits a day and is generally a supporter of nanotechnology research.

You company is listed prominently on the home page of Mr. Modelewski’s organization (http://www.nanobusiness.org), and while I don’t see this single incident as reflecting poorly on your organization for providing support to a nanotechnology advocacy group, if Mr. Modelewski continues to cast this sort of image on the nanotechnology industry, I will be forced to assume that he does so with your tacit approval. This is an unfortunate situation that I sincerely hope you will address with the NanoBusiness Alliance.

I encourage you to contact the supporting companies with your thoughts. They need to be aware of what this man is doing in thier name.

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Update, 2/10/04: I have gotten some response indicating that there is some concern with certain members of the Alliance. I was asked to not publish it, and I will respect that. If you want to see action taken on this, though, you need to be heard. It certainly isn’t over.

2 Comments

  1. Write All About It

    The Everlasting Phelps suggests that it’s time to start an e-mail campaign against Mark Modzelewski and his nasty comments about anyone whose vision of nanotechnology is more expansive than his own as well as his personal attacks on Glenn Reynolds….

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