Nanotechnology Essay

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|[pic] | | | | | | | | | | | Engines of Creation The Coming Era of Nanotechnology AFTERWORD | | | | |[pic]Afterword, 1985[pic] | | | | | |[pic]Afterword, 1990[pic] | | | | | |[pic]Afterword, 1996[pic] | | | | | | | | | | | | | |[pic] | | | | | Afterword, 1985 IN THE FIELDS I have described, the pace of events is swift. Within the last month or so, a number of developments have occurred or come to my attention: Several groups are now working on protein design, and the newly founded Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology plans to support such efforts. A group at the National Bureau of Standards has combined two molecular-simulation techniques in a way crucial to designing assemblers. Advances have also been made in the use of computers to plan molecular synthesis. The drive toward molecular electronics continues. Forrest Carter's group at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory has experimental work under way, and The Economist reports that "Japan's government recently helped establish a $30 million fund to pursue research in molecular electronics." Other advances may help us deal more intelligently with the onrushing assembler breakthrough. At Dartmouth College, Arthur Kantrowitz has completed two experimental fact-forum procedures that examined the technology of proposed ballistic missile defense systems. Meanwhile, at Brown University, the Institute for Research in Information and Scholarship is

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