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Downsizing : Nanotechnology – Why you should sweat the small stuff


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TitleDownsizing : Nanotechnology – Why you should sweat the small stuff
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsThompson, Nicholas
MagazineWashington Monthly
Volume32
Issue10
Pagination25-29
Date PublishedOctober, 2000
Type of ArticleMagazine Article
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number0043-0633
Abstract

During the past few years, scientists have made enormous strides in the field of nanotechnology. The practice of manipulating objects in the range of a billionth of a meter in size, nanotechnology has this year been used to develop such items as hybrid materials that are stronger than steel and read heads for IBM computers. Despite its excellent potential, the technology is leading humans into uncharted territory and could in the future form the basis of brutal military applications that would destroy parts of the world. The government therefore has a critical role to play in the development of nanotechnology that has evolved from a research and national defense concern into a moral imperative. The writer discusses the problems that could arise from the use of nanotechnology and outlines several solutions that should be implemented.

URLhttp://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2000/0010.thompson.html