Pop Science?

One of the biggest problems of working in nanotechnology is that most people outside the academic world don’t have a clue what you are talking about. A lot of people inside the ivory towers don’t either. At a recent wedding I sat next to a prominent academic researcher involved with alternative energy, who told me that he had never heard …

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Pearls Before Swine?

Nanotech as a religion has been a common thread on this blog for years, especially when connected to the Drexlerites and their belief in the book (see comments here). I’ve also been involved with a number of  debates with philosophers where the subject of religion has come up, and as with many technologies there is a fear among some that …

Never Trust A Hippie!

I’m back in the office after a rather splendid three weeks surfing, hiking and kayaking my way across Spain, with a couple of weeks of lying on my favourite beach in Xeraco sandwiched in between and it’s good to see that not much has happened in my absence. Journalists are still writing articles making use of big and tiny in …

Nanotech – The Greatest Threat To The UK?

“Scientists have drawn up a list of 25 technological advances and environmental changes which pose a potential threat to the UK.” Nanotechnology makes it into the list at number one, with concern over “the building of microscopic robots” – groan! Bill Sutherland, lead author and chair in conservation biology at Cambridge University must despair  that a  number of ‘science correspondents”  …

Make Stuff, Sell Stuff, Do IPO!

The US nanotechnology industry, currently passing around its begging bowl on Capitol Hill should perhaps take a hint from Edward Cupoli, an economics professor at the State University of New York at “Albany’s College of Nanoscale,” who told reporters “Consumers are hungry for nano-size innovations. The market is driven primarily by young, tech-savvy consumers who demand more and more functionality …

Behind the Nanoelectronics Hype

In an attempt to cut through some of the hype, I recently commissioned a comprehensive survey of nanotechnologies’ impact not only the semiconductor market but also its influence on consumer electronics from mobile phones to MP3 players (see the image on the right). This is now available as a 313-page report and gives a definitive overview of the full spectrum of the electronics industry …

Cult Science

My recent post about NanoCreationists – i.e the various open source transhumanists and trekkies who believe that because someone once wrote something in a book it must be true – got some of them rather hot under the collar (and foaming at the mouth judging by some of the spittle flecked missives we have received on the subject). Unfortunately we …

Science or Architecture?

The University of Bristol’s Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information should be easy to find on the univerity skyline, but is that a geodesic dome or half a buckyball on the roof?