==Interesting== This alleged summary of real life reads to me more like a technological thriller than a position paper for the U.N. It also requires me to substantially update some plots and technologies in the science fiction novel that is my current project. By the time of my novel's setting we may be using diamond optics and heat pipes in special space environment industrial processes rather than vacuum hardened glass as I have currently visualized. On the other hand perhaps a paragraph describing the economic reality that advertising and government policy matters detailing how de Beers managed to destroy a revolutionary technology advance via bribery of U.N. technology policy makers or simply buying the general's war theater from his stockholders. Here is hoping he does not go public too soon. Alternatively, advertising convinces consumers that the specially certified "natural" diamonds are the only possible way to seal a marriage contract or ceremony. Thus delaying the natural development of nanotech and costing our civilization millions of peoples life years by delaying medical advances and impacting the potential grid controlled yet distributed cottage manufacturing applications so necessary to reduce the impact of hovering eco disasters.
Nymia I enjoyed reading your quick marketing lesson immensely. I may link to it from Lunar Boom Town sometime if doubts are expressed there regarding the value of One Laptop Per Child as grid components to political and stock futures and speculations on and off planet.