Published on February 19, 2014
The Future of Nanotechnology by Ashlin Burton
Understanding Nanotechnology • A nanometer is one billionth of a meter – 100,000 thinner than a human hair
New Phase Space of Material Materials change and can be controlled – Periodic table projects into a new dimension – Materials change color depending on size
History & Momentum • • • • First Recorded Mention in 1959 Imaging at the Atomic Level is Uncovered in 1981 1988 Stanford University-Nanotechnology Engineering Course 2000 US establishes National Nanotechnology Initiative
The Power & Potential • • • • Unprecedented Production Capacity Advance Electronics, Aerospace, and Medicine Low-cost Solar Electric Power Systems Transition to a Zero Net Carbon Economy
A Business Driven Revolution • Global Race • Positives Trump Negatives • Unsustainable Global Consumption • Education & Awareness Campaigns
Risk • • • • Loss of Control or Containment Diminished Human Purpose AI Unpredictability God’s Anger
Difficulty & Threats to Progress • • • • Societal Fear & Ignorance Radical Extremists Disrupted Industries Existing Infrastructure
Nanotechnology a Faustian Bargain? • • • • Merging of Human and Machine Unnatural Extension of the Human Lifespan What is wrong with playing God? Is it the Human Quest for a Better Life or a Better Profit?
References Timeline a brief history of Nanotechnology. (2012). Retrieved from http://dm4community.com/2012/01/13/timeline-history-ofnanotechnology/ Pidgeon, N. (2009). Nature nanotechnology. Retrieved from http://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/v4/n2/abs/nnano.2008.362.ht ml Madrigal, A. (2008). The Chinese Government’s Plans for Nanotechnology. Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/02/the-chinese-gov/ Sterling, B. (2007). Bangalore Nanotechnology. Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2007/12/bangalorenanot/
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