By now hopefully you have had time to read and digest all eight of the nanotechnology scenarios recently published by CRN.
One of the most interesting surprises uncovered in our months-long group project of crafting and refining those stories was that nano-based warfare did not automatically come to the fore as a leading topic. We talked about it a lot, but through the process of prioritizing, clarifying, and honing our narratives, the expectation that nations would embark on a nanotech arms race that would lead to war -- well, that story never materialized.
Why should that be? Is it because the prospect of a war fueled by super-powerful, exponentially produced weapons is just too uncomfortable for people to consider? Or are there logical reasons that make the nano arms race and warfare scenario unlikely in the real world?
I could venture a few ideas of my own now, but instead I think I'll leave this out here for you to ponder.