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March 24th, 2004

Massive Manufacturing: The Promise and Peril of Nanotechnology

Today, it takes a whole economy to produce the technology that goes into a factory. But this article describes a new technology that could produce a tabletop manufacturing system - compact, flexible, and fast enough to build a duplicate in an hour or so. That would be revolutionary - and dangerous. For many purposes, nanotechnology is defined as anything small enough to be interesting and innovative. This can include large molecules, small minerals, modern semiconductors, and a wide variety of sub-microscopic structures with an equally wide variety of purposes. But nanotechnology has another meaning, one that's even more interesting: using programmable chemistry as the basis of a manufacturing system.


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