- About Us
- Career Center
- Nano-Social Network
- Nano Consulting
- My Account
Nanotechnology's Radical Future Discussed in Australia and New Zealand
Posted on October 05, 2006
Disruptive change triggered by nanotechnology was on the agenda for a recent three-week speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand conducted by Mike Treder, executive director of the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN). Between September 2 and September 21, he gave public lectures and held small group discussions on the subject of 'Disruptive Abundance: Nanotechnology and Human Life' in twelve cities. "We had big audiences everywhere I went -- overflow in some places," said Treder. "People were very interested to hear about the profound impacts that advanced nanotechnology will bring to society."
Treder gave public presentations at the Australian National University in Canberra, the capital city of Australia, and at the University of Western Sydney. He also held seminars with university students and faculty in both locations. In Canberra, Treder met with Australian government officials to discuss that country's plans for a national nanotechnology strategy. In Melbourne, he made a presentation to a group of scientists and researchers from Monash University and from Nanotechnology Victoria, the organization that sponsored his visit to Australia.
An article (link) published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation said, "Within 15 years, desktop nanofactories could pump out anything from a new car to a novel nanoweapon, says a technology commentator… While molecular manufacturing is not yet a reality, Treder says researchers are already working on building molecular-scale machines that could eventually move atoms around to make products."
Public lectures were given in nine New Zealand cities by Treder just prior to his arrival in Australia. He was the featured speaker in the annual Pickering Lecture Tour, presented by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). "Mike's presentations generated a lot of interest in the future impact of nanotechnology across the country," said IPENZ's Kathryn McGavin.
Progress in nanotechnology eventually will make it possible to build a wide range of products atom by atom, from the bottom up, using nature's fundamental building blocks, according to Treder. This will result in a manufacturing revolution, offering the potential for huge gains in quality of life, reductions in poverty, clean energy production, vastly improved infrastructures for computing, communication, transportation, and more. However, it also could lead to severe economic disruption, conflicts over intellectual property, omnipresent surveillance, and a potential widening of the gap between rich and poor. Even more ominous is the possibility of a new arms race.
"No one knows for sure how soon all this will happen," said Treder. "But our analysis suggests it will be sooner than most people realize. The cost of not being prepared for such disruptive change could be catastrophic. It's urgent that we invest more in understanding the impacts of this powerful new technology."
About the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology:
The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, a non-profit think tank concerned with the major societal and environmental implications of advanced nanotechnology, is headquartered in New York. CRN is an affiliate of World Care, an international, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.
For more information, please click here.
Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.
|Related News Press|
Preparing for Nano
Searching for a nanotech self-organizing principle May 1st, 2016
Nanotechnology is changing everything from medicine to self-healing buildings: Nanotechnology is so small it's measured in billionths of metres, and it is revolutionising every aspect of our lives April 2nd, 2016
Durnham University's DEEPEN project comes to a close September 26th, 2012
Technical Seminar at ANFoS 2012 August 22nd, 2012
50 years after the release of the film 'Fantastic Voyage,' science upstages fiction: Science upstages fiction with nanorobotic agents designed to travel in the human body to treat cancer August 25th, 2016
Smarter self-assembly opens new pathways for nanotechnology: Brookhaven Lab scientists discover a way to create billionth-of-a-meter structures that snap together in complex patterns with unprecedented efficiency August 9th, 2016
New remote-controlled microrobots for medical operations July 23rd, 2016
FEI Celebrates Shipment of 1,000th Helios DualBeam System: FEI’s Helios Family has lead the DualBeam technology race and is widely used across the semiconductor, materials science, life sciences and oil & gas industries August 31st, 2016
Diamonds and quantum information processing on the nano scale August 31st, 2016