Even if some of the views of nanotechnology
seem extreme, there is no arguing that the progression of nanotechnology has a lot to offer us in the
way of useful and interesting products. How revolutionary these new
technologies prove to be is unknown and scientists say it is hard to know how
big of an impact the new technologies will have on us.
Is the notion of radical nanotechnology
impossible? According to studies of biology, life is extremely optimized and
done over a period of billions of years and evolution. The principles of
changing molecular shape and self-assembly that are used in cell biology seem
to exploit the physics of the nanoworld. It also seems that the contrast
between visions of nanotechnology and the reality of what is produced by
nanotechnology needs to be more clearly tied together. There is really no point
to dismiss the fact that much of early uses of nanotechnology will be more of
the entertainment variety in ways of toys for adults and children alike.
But when it comes to speculating on which view
of nanotechnology will prevail, whether it be the robotic notions of Drexler or
those closer to the theories of cell biology, the way to find the answer is to
develop technologies that derive from the miniaturization of microelectronic
products. Such kinds of systems are already available commercially and have
components available on full length scales.
So how is the proven reality of
nanotechnology going to get off the ground and put into use? In the past,
industry has shown much ingenuity in the way of breaking down barriers and
coming out with new and better solutions, we can only hope that nanotechnology
will be capable of doing the same.
As we further our knowledge and
understanding of nanotechnology, it can become possible to use some of the
methods used in biology and be able to apply them to other synthetic materials.
So until the world of nanotechnology releases its world of promise and
opportunity in the advancement of life unto us, we can only at best speculate
exactly what is to come of this new world and what better products may await us
down the road.
There are always going to be fears and
concerns of the unknown and in the scientific community, nanotechnology is one
said area that continues to create illusions of grandeur and fear but also
excitement and anticipation.