wish I hadnít got talking about nanotechnology. I wanted the
job as communication lecturer very much, and I was both experienced
So can you, using words of two syllables or less, explain
what nanotechnology is?
Molecular nanotechnology. . .
Thatís more than two syllables
Um. . . Itís when weíll be able to alter matter as easily
as we now move data.
I should have said ďThereís plenty of room at the bottomĒ.
I didnít get the job. It may not have been due to my failing
to make my words tiny enough.
think nanotechnology has the potential to transform our world
and solve many of our problems, particularly those to do with
scarcity of resources. Hey! Thatís a lot of the worldís problems.
Ever heard the idea that ďall wars are about resourcesĒ?
pretty well informed and tend to talk about carbon nanotubes
rather than tiny robots. At least the nanotubes exist. But
the topic still doesnít go down too well among the city folk
of Auckland, New Zealand. I usually proffer a nanosolution
to the terribly gloomy scenarios people paint of the future,
and come away feeling like some kook selling snake oil.
still sounds so sci-fi. Whatís more it sounds like bad sci-fi,
fill of mad scientist inventions such as free energy, space
elevators and spray on computers.
there just arenít the results out there for it to seem real
to people. Iíve not even come across nanopants or carbon nanotube
reinforced tennis racquets. And where are those carbon nanotube
big screens? A year ago I read they could be on the market
as early as Christmas 2004. Now they look to be a few years
away. Michael Critonís movie version of Prey will be out in
plenty of time. Nanoheebeejeebees.
technology marches ahead. I continue to be impressed with
computers such as the new G5 imac, and most of the gadgets
youíll find at engadget.com.
has not yet entered the new diamond age, but itís still pretty
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