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« Information and Warfare | Main | U.S. Scientists Doing MM »

October 24, 2005


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Pace Arko

Me, I'm still waiting for advances in microelectromechanical scanning probe instruments. It would be nice to have vast swarms of micron sized scanning probe microscopes building molecules in tandem. If silicon foundries could blast zillions these on a silicon wafer with photolith, then we'd be getting somewhere.

It took the Rice team 8 years to figure out clever chemistry to reliably make the nanocars. That's just too long to be useful. I read recently that Dartmouth recently built a tiny robot that was untethered and mobile. We need to do more of that.


Progress will speed, as with most technology, we will see more frequent breakthroughs as a result of the previous one. The collection of knowledge that we are building will only make progress faster and definitly not slower or at the same pace.

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