I've been reading a lot about "nanotech" recently, and I've found it to be one of the ultimate examples of "progress" for progress' sake, and technological tunnel vision.
Nobody has ever denied the risks associated with it, and the "benefits" they claim will only lead us to the situations put forth in the "future with no collapse" thread.
The trade-offs many people want to make seem totally insane to me, as well.
I hate the constant use of "Luddite" in most nanotech and other recent tech related articles. It's like "peasant" the way they use it. Those who dare question technological supremacy are considered uneducated, fearful zealots, who can't possibly understand such matters.
Worse yet is it's dismissive quality. Once an opinion is deemed "Luddite", its completely ignored in any 'serious' discussion.
Feel free to share your thoughts.