In today's edition of The Telegraph, a Calcutta newspaper, nanotechnology is defined as:
...the projected ability to make things from the bottom up, using techniques and tools that are being developed today to place every atom and molecule in a desired place.
Sound familiar? That's because, word for word, it is the definition CRN wrote for our website.
Explaining this and more was Professor V. J. Gadgil of the Institute of Nano Technology, University of Twente, the Netherlands, who was in the city for a two-day international symposium on "Intelligence-based Materials and Manufacturing" at BIT Mesra today.
Professor Gadril also is reported as describing something that sounds like a nanofactory: "an industrial unit...as big, or as small, as a desktop."
However, the newspaper story cautions:
Some aspects of the technology are frightening. The rapidly advancing nano technology would make it possible to develop a network of cameras, by which a government can continuously monitor every aspect of a person or a place.
Gadgil said "Nano technology is going to change the entire world like the previous industrial revolutions have."
We're not complaining, of course. It's a very positive sign to see these memes taking hold around the world!