Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Quote of the day

How do today's nanoscale technologies differ from tomorrow's advanced nanotechnology, sometimes called molecular manufacturing? Here is one way to explain it: today's nanotechnologies use big machines to make small products -- by contrast, molecular manufacturing will use small machines to make big products. That sounds simple, but it is really a profound distinction.

From Nanotech Today vs. Nanotech Tomorrow

In molecular nanotechnology (also called molecular manufacturing), assembly is guided by computer controlled nanoscale equipment. That means that the complexity of the output can be increased by feeding in new computer instructions, and a relatively simple manufacturing system can build products that have greater physical complexity.

~Chris Phoenix, Director of Research, the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology

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