Is Nanotechnology Real?

December 23, 2003 | Source: IRANSCOPE

The Drexler-Smalley debate about molecular nanotechnology may have even greater importance for undeveloped countries, according to Sam Ghandchi, Editor/Publisher of IRANSCOPE.

“Nanotechnology may replicate fuel cells to put an end to the age of oil,” he said in an editorial. “It would not only impact the economy of oil producing countries like Iran, but it can change the whole economy of energy production in the world, which is the basis of all industrial production worldwide, and can make a huge impact on poverty and wealth worldwide.”

Nanotechnology can successfully complete the remaining part of agricultural and industrial revolutions, he added, “not just by solving the energy issue, but also by adding intelligence…. The way intelligent programs work in post-industrial high tech industries today, after growth of nanotech, will be applied to all productive activities.”

Quoting Ray Kurzweil, “The real cost, of course, would be the value of the information describing each type of product, that is the software that controls the assembly process. Thus everything of value in the world, including physical objects, would be comprised essentially of information. We are not that far from this situation today, since the ‘information content’ of products is rapidly asymptoting to 100 percent of their value.”

“Nanotechnology is tied to the impact of intelligent tools on life and the world and together they depict the tremendous potentials in front of humanity and the world,” concluded Ghandchi.