What Use Is Nanotechnology?

Technology Review, besides being a great magazine edited by Jason Pontin, who I have known since the heyday of Red Herring, also puts on some great conferences. So I was excited and honoured to be invited to EmTech Spain, a two day conference in Malaga focussing on emerging technologies. Along with my World Economic Forum colleague Javier García Martínez of …

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Strategic Geopolitical Trends – From Spooks to Nanotech

The UK Ministry of Defence released its latest ‘Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2040‘ study last month, and it’s a good read (even for non spooks) covering everything from terrorism to to climate change and their impact on geopolitics. The report identifies four key issues, Globalisation, Climate Change, Global Inequality & Innovation which will dominate the next thirty years. The …

The Russians Are Coming…Maybe

Not to be outdone by the Chinese, the Russians have revealed that nanotechnology is a military objective. Apparently “devices less than one millimetre can be used to form a cloud of any size and power of destruction” and “can “intelligently” destroy mobile targets, including combat tanks.” Whatever they are talking about, Vice President Ivanov has declared that “this field of …