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September 30th, 2009

The nanopossibilities of onboarding

Abstract:
But as the scale and scope of what we measure continually gets bigger and more layered, the means by which we measure much of it will get exponentially smaller. Obviously, this has already begun to happen. But when I say small, I don't mean tiny. I mean nanoscale: the kind of engineering that is quite literally out of sight; the sort of fantastical futuristic advances that, if combined with cloning, really would enable you to drive a herd of camels through the eye of a needle, with room to spare.

Fantastical though this may seem, the reality is that nanotechnology is already with us in various forms. The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies has identified more than 800 consumer products worldwide that incorporate some sort of nanotech - and apparently the list is not complete. These range from LG's F2300 Antibacterial Cell Phone (featuring an antibacterial coating for those concerned about germs) to a host of screen display applications to Samsung's 16GB memory chip. Beyond media and electronics, there is nanotech to be found in cosmetics, automotive, toys and games, sporting goods, and even food.

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