Hello, Jim and everyone, it is good to be onboard here with you all.
I have read and absorbed huge amounts of nanotechnology data over the years, and I have examined many of the potential routes to the "grand grail" of general purpose or even basic diamondoid mechanosynthesis. At this point, and I welcome all of your views on this, what appears to be the most efficient and fastest route to regular atomic precision diamondoid nanotechnology ala Nanosystems?
The DNA front seems to have advanced in recent years but I still think we need some form of proto assembler in the form of a proximal probe/scanning probe microscopes able to have molecular gripper tips that allow the assembly of three dimensional structures like assembler parts to bootstrap primitive assemblers to then build ever-increasingly advanced assemblers.
What do you all think? Protein folding? DNA nanomachines? SPMs with molecular grippers like Drexler and Merkle and others mentioned years ago? Engineered bacteria and viruses? Laser, Electron Beam and other energetic beam systems?