An interesting primer can be read here: http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2002/10/27/134818/22 Regarding what could be one of humanities most revolutionary discoveries: nanotech replication and its implications for society as we know it. The proponents here make the argument that basically, with the advent of advanced nano-scale replicators that manipulate single atoms and molecules, we could create the neccessities of life, thus doing away with the need for markets and creating a sort of socialism. I dont whether this subject belongs here or in the "economics and business" category seeing as technically it's not dealing with economics as we understand it. Is this technology relatively close at hand? and if so what are some examples of its applications? Dangers?