Can the VC Model Handle Emerging Technologies?

While researching the new edition of the Nanotechnology Opportunity Report™ I was shocked by the amount of cash that had been poured down the drain by venture capital, almost a billion dollars over the last seven years. At the same time, I have been involved in nanotech related deals  totalling close to a billion dollars in the last eighteen months, …

“The diamondoid mechanosynthesis approach is only in the very early stages of computer simulation”

I’m always staggered by the progress being made in nanoscience, with tens of billions of dollars of global funding our understanding of the nanoscale is progressing in leaps and bounds. Perhaps more roadkill than tortoise to nanoscience’s hare is diamondoid mechanosynthesis, beloved of the Drexlerians, which doesn’t seem to have made any progress whatsoever, and increasingly resembles a cross between …

Toxic Food Nano Poison and a Slow Lingering Death for the Human Race?

A scientist injecting fruit with toxic nanoparticles before feeding it to your children to make lots of money? Friends of the Earth in Australia, who have been running a long anti nanotech campaign have just released a new report prompting sensationalist and confused headlines headlines like this – “Is nanotechnology a toxic food nano poison in Australia?“As always, it’s a …

Nanotech and Privacy

For years I have been wondering where all these rather odd concerns about nanotechnology having a negative impact on privacy were coming from, and now someone has owned up! Of course the major impact is coming from the growing use of interlinked databases hooked up to a variety of number plate recognition, mobile phone and credit card systems which could …

Hippies Ban Chemicals – Nanotech Industry Flustered

Back to the Future? In the silliest story of the year so far, the Soil Association, a UK organisation which provides a certification process for organic food, has announced that products will not be certified as organic if they contain additives “made by the burgeoning nanotechnology industry” according to the Financial Times. I’m sure that I won’t be the only …

“until neither the Plain nor the Star-Bellies knew whether this one was that one or that one was this one or which one was what one… or what one was who.”

Howard Lovy highlights how some of the folks who made a career out of promoting nanotech are now jumping onto the next bandwagon, but perhaps they are doomed to repeat their mistakes? Stories like this bring to mind the Dr Seuss story of the Sneeches. One of the big problems with nanotech is that a lot of the work is …

Productive Nanosystems – Unproductive Discussions?

The recent conference on Productive Nanosystems: Launching the Technology Roadmap… seems to have been crashed by some pesky scientists. The Centre for Responsible Nanotechnology has been ‘liveblogging’ the event and seem a little peeved about the science getting in the way of all of the interesting stuff. Favourites include: “Ooh, I wish I had time to answer these point-by-point! This …

More Nanotech Gloom and Doom

Darryl Brookstein of The Nanotechnology Company, who splashed out top dollar on the domain ‘nanotechnology.com’ a few years ago just sent out a rather depressing missive reproduced below: “More bad news continues to pummel nanotechnology investing and finance as both typical investors and professional ones alike recoil from even the use of the term “nanotech”: Some examples of this deepening …

Nanotech Piles On The Pounds

While we attempt to educate kids through gaming, Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has helped develop information on nanotechnology for the cover of Price Chopper’s Koo-Kies and Peanut Butter Cocoa Spheres. While anything that gets kids excited about science and technology is always good, from the sound of these nanotechnology promoting products it may be that illiteracy and …