According to an announcement I received in the mail the other day, "molecular nanotechnology [is] the future of manufacturing."
Molecular nanotechnology and manufacturing, or using matter to build complex products and structures atom-by-atom like pieces of Legos, will soon lead us into the sixth industrial revolution. Like steam engines, electricity and transistors, nanotechnology is primed to completely disrupt markets, industries and business models worldwide. Similarly, it will replace our entire manufacturing base with a new, radically precise, less expensive, and more flexible way of making products. These pervasive changes in manufacturing will leave virtually no product, process or industry untouched.
That is the description of nanotech in the brochure for "Nanomanufacturing Conference & Exhibits" March 29 - 30, 2006, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
They have a great lineup of speakers, including:
- Marc Lurie, the new president of Foresight Nanotech Institute
- Jim Von Ehr, CEO of Zyvex Corporation
- Mark Sims, president of Nanorex Inc.
And, as a keynote speaker, on the topic of "Engineering from the Bottom Up: Productive Nanosystems and the Future of Technology," K. Eric Drexler, PhD. Also appearing at the same event is Mihail C. Roco, PhD, Senior Advisor of Nanotechnology for the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Both Chris and I are committed elsewhere, which is too bad because we would love to attend this conference. So, if you are thinking of going to it, please take some notes and then give us a report that we can share with our blog audience.