Nanotechnology's next stage seen as the true revolution

02/27/2013 | Forbes

The next phase of nanotechnology will be atomically precise manufacturing, a development that threatens to create radical abundance and alter civilization itself, according to Eric Drexler, the father of nanotech in the eyes of many. "An ordinary printer shows how digital information can be used to arrange small things — pixels — to make a virtually infinite range of images. By doing something similar with small bits of matter, and APM-level technologies can fabricate a virtually infinite range of products," Drexler explains. "A desktop-scale machine could manufacture a tablet computer or a roll of solar photovoltaic cells."

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