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Nano-technology - a valid possibility?

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There have been many science fiction movies and series involving nano-technology wonders. It is almost a classical story, manipulation of moleculs in order to create and replicate certain items.
As i understand it, mass adopted nano-technology in the future could allow for creating anything according to certain software blueprints using the simple moleculs of water or even air. Such devices would dissasemble the moleculs of water (for example) into single atoms and then construct them into a completely different material and finally a completely different creation, a final product.

How much is this according to your valuable opinion, a valid possibility? Do you believe it could be reality yet in this century, maybe even in the next 50 years?

I usually tend to believe that everything is possible until proven oppositely, not othervise and therefore i tend to believe in even more fictionfull stuff like teleportation and traveling in a speeds of light. That's whyt i also believe in nano-technology as a valid possibility, i don't see it as something proven impossible.
Nanotech would in my opinion lead to the deep changes in society as it would render money useless. However, we have to prepare for such future by freeing information right now, creating a free information society because as much as we're getting closer to nanotech revolution, the dependance of "everything" on information is growing in importence.

Your opinions are very welcome.
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Re: Nano-technology - a valid possibility?

Maybe, but it will not create things out of thin air, more likely it will create things out of trash.
It will take a while, I think we will see usable nuclear fusion first - and that has always been "at least twenty years in the future" from the first experiments untill now.

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Re:Nano-technology - a valid possibility?

Nanotechnology is quite possible, and already here. Computer processors are already made in nanoscale. But nanotechnology offers much more... From cures to almost every disease known to solving energy problems we will face once fossil fuel runs low.
Also very cheap manufacturing of virtually everything will completly change economy. Knowledge will be much more appreciated, and probably the only thing that's not cheap :-)

There is a great site concerning nanotehnology:
Foresight Institute

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Re:Nano-technology - a valid possibility?

the father of nano-technology is considered to be Eric Drexler. He wrote a couple of books in the 1980's--Engines of Creation is the one that sticks out in my mind--where he introduced the concept of nanotechnology to the world. His vision was, as Daniel outlined in his post- of a world where products are built from atoms assembled by nanoscale assemblers --nanoscale robots capable of manipulating individual atoms.

In the last few years though, the word nanotechnology has come to mean anything built on a nanoscale--and Eric Drexler has been pushed to the fringe of the nanotechnology movement.

Part of that is that business deals in the here and now and Eric Drexlers vision is not about what is possible now, but what will be possible in the next 20-50 years. Businesses adopted nanotechnology as a buzzword but they aren't talking about doing the same kind of production we have always done, just on a smaller scale. it is a very different concept than Erics vision of nanotechnology

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i need an advice

i am a student in the 4 year at the Politehnic University from Bucharest, Romania, on the Power Engineering Faculty and about 3 months ago i discovered Nanotehnology and i am very surprise about it's power. In the university only few people know about nanotehnology, but they can't help me too much. Because i like this field of research and what nanotehnology can do on power energy(generation, storage or saving), 2 weeks ago i made a paper on a Conference in our faculty about The Aplication of Nanotehnology in Energy Sector, most in Power Energy(Renewebles)... so... what i want? I want that next year, when i gratuate, to present a research about the Aplication of Nanotehnology in Power Energy, but only teoretical things are not enough for my final diploma, so i want to corelate the Aplication of Nanotehnology with something tehnical, but i don't know with what because in my country i don't know where to go, who to ask, and find someone to help me...
SO, i am asking your help to tell me what can i do, to tell me an ideea about an tehnical issue on my paper. Maybe i need to make a simulation of something, but i don't know. Please, give me an ideea...
tnx

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Re: i need an advice

The Nanotechnology that man believe that will come (manipulation of molecules etc) is not the case. Nanotechnology is coming, infact at a seminar I went to on the subject, it is predicted that Nanotechnology will be available around 2010-2014.

The Nanotechnology that is coming is with computers as Messk has pointed out; infact all their capacitors in ICs are nanosized anyway.

The real nanotechology is far more impressive and very spectacular. Amongst them is the superconductor.

Problem is making it all work at room temperature.

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Re: Nano-technology - a valid possibility?

At the Nextfest 2005, they featured some nanotechnology in the form of a plastic that when cut, started to reheal itself via nanosized pellets of air reacting plastic gel..

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Re: Nano-technology - a valid possibility?

I think that anyone who visited Nexfest and witnessed what you described would have a definite "yes" answer to the question asked in this topic. It's not only a valid possibility, nanotechnology is a reality and you'll see it advance faster than you would ever expect it to.

It's actually a simple concept and something we can actually understand pretty well. It's just a matter of technique. We need to make nanobots as efficient and powerful as possible and with them we can make anything happen.. So there, yet again, magic is renaming itself to "technology".

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