Yesterday we posted an article on "Nanotech Arms Races". How prophetic. Today, India's new President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam called for India to develop nanotechnology -- including nanobots -- because it will revolutionize warfare.
In a speech to scientists at the Weapons and Electronic Systems Engineering Establishment (WESEE), a naval research and development outfit, President Kalam asserted that "this would revolutionise the total concepts of future warfare" and reportedly "asked the country's scientists to make a breakthrough." This article mentions "super strong, smart and intelligent structures in the field of material science and this in turn could lead new production of nano robots with new types of explosives and sensors for air, land and space systems."
This could be the starting gun of the nano arms race. Every government will have to take this seriously. We'll be watching for reactions around the world, but we'd appreciate your help; please post news stories in the comment section.
UPDATE: He's Serious, Folks