It’s a small world after all

“It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears; it’s a world of hopes and a world of fears. There’s so much that we share, that it’s time we’re aware, there is just one moon and one golden sun. A smile means friendship to everyone, though the mountains divide and the oceans wide.” It is sad that our world can’t be as simple as a Disney song sung by all the children of the world. It is their future that this evil emptiness of our current world is interfering with. It’s a small world, small world after all.

How do I transition back to a world with real hope and optimism? Everyone has their own way and mine is not to ignore the evil that is going own in the world but to put it into perspective. My personal world is so much bigger and when you look the universe, you will realize that we are even smaller than a nano particle.

Nanobots will be the next generation of nanomachines. Advanced nanobots will be able to sense and adapt to environmental stimuli such as heat, light, sounds, surface textures, and chemicals; perform complex calculations; move, communicate, and work together; conduct molecular assembly; and, to some extent, repair or even replicate themselves.

So, how do we actually build these nanomachines? There are basically three ways to manufacture at nano-scale. Nanomanufacturing is the creation of materials and products through: (1) Direct Molecular Assembly (DMA) — discrete, directed assembly of individual atoms and molecules into macroscale materials and products; (2) Indirect Crystalline Assembly (ICA) — creation of conditions that foster the growth of nanoscale crystals that are then combined into macroscale materials and products; or (3) Massive Parallelism Assembly (MPA) — the creation of many nanomachines or nanobots whose operating parameters cause them to work synergistically to assemble atoms and molecules into macroscale materials and products.

DMA Nanotechnology has the potential to completely revolutionize the electronics industry.  Nanomachines may some day create computer circuits from the “bottom up” — one atom at a time. This would allow the manufacturing of nanochips on a much smaller scale than chips created with current “top down” etching techniques.

ICA Nanocrystalline processes can also be used to grow electronic components.  For example: (1) carbon nanotubes grown in targeted micro-environments can have super-conductive properties; and (2) nanowires as small as strings of atoms can be grown like crystals and then assembled into circuits.

Circuits created atom-by-atom or grown using nanocrystalline techniques will be much smaller, lighter, efficient, cooler, stronger, and faster than circuits made with conventional manufacturing processes. These new computer parts will pave the way to building more advance AI machines. Are you starting to get the picture of why we will be able to build intelligent humanoid robots or smart bionic body parts for our biological selves?

As computers themselves become more sophisticated by downsizing even more than our pocket versions, we call cell phones, communication between those computers will also be enhanced. Nanocrystalline materials can be made with finer resolution than standard fibers for enhanced optic cables, switches, lenses and junctions.  In telecommunications more generally, the fields of nanotechnology and holotechnology will overlap in the design of the projection screens and user interfaces of the next generations of holographic cell phones. Yes, 3-D phones will be the next trend and that should make driving even more interesting and dangerous.

Final thought: The smaller the parts – the greater the potential. As long as that potential is put to good use and not for the evil that we witnessed in Paris these past weeks – Viva Le France!


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