You may have been hearing all of this talk about nanotechnology lately as the industry is starting to boom in a way that it never has before. Soon we’ll have smart cars, defenses against every virus, impenetrable lightweight armor, and even better sports equipment, but you may be wondering “What exactly is nanotechnology?” Well it’s a good thing that you’re here then as this article will explore not only what nanotechnology is capable of but also what it actually is. What makes the difference between regular technology and nanotechnology? How can I use nanotechnology? When will I be able to have nanotechnology at the workplace or even in the daily things found in my household appliances? This article will address each of these questions and more by dwelving us deepering into the rabbit’s hole and on to the mysteries of this technological majesty.
What Exactly Is Nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology is the science that involves anything on the nanoscale. For those of you who aren’t science nerds, a nanometer is one billionth of a meter. To think about how much of a vast difference that is, it’s like comparing a marble to the size of the Earth. That’s how far science how come, folks. We are now dealing with technology that’s no longer built on the microscale, but the nanoscale. Generally, nanotechnology deals specifically with technology that’s 100 nanometers or smaller.
What Can I Use It For?
Nanotechnology will be available in a wide assortment of industries and it really has no limits on what it is capable of. The nanotechnology industry will booster health organizations in order to allow things in medicine that were science fiction just a few years ago. Nanotechnology will also change the way we conduct war simply by making weapons technology lighter and more affordable. Cameras will be made that can fit inside of the very cells on a person’s eye and will see everything that they see. Nanotechnology is truly amazing and that’s why I’m going to list several industries below that nanotechnology will impact so that you can see just how wonderful and majestic it can be.
Nanotechnology will probably be used in the health industry more than any other field as there’s so many different things that nanotechnology will improve. One day, thanks to nanotechnology and other medical marvels that we discover down the road, we will be able to cure every problem with the human body and the only thing that will ever be able to kill us is by completely separating every tissue in the body and destroying them (namely, nuclear devices). Of course, there is a downside to nanotechnology in the health industry. Below is a list of several ways that nanotechnology can be used in health and I will also address what the downside of nanotechnology in the body is.
Cancer will one day be completely curable thanks to the help of this groundbreaking concept: It has been discovered that when nanites are irradiated with xrays, the nanites produce their own electrons that can be used to target cancer cells and destroy them without harming the rest of the body. Nanites can also scatter through the body to detect cancer cells and tag them so that doctors know exactly where in the body that cancer has spread to.
In the future, we will be able to heal our wounds alot faster thanks to new nanotechnological delivery systems that will be sown into bandages and will contain a drug called aluminosilicate, which promotes fast regeneration capabilities and will allow wounds to heal faster.
Downside of Nanotechnology
The downside of nanotechnology used in medicine is the fact that they could easily be manipulated by special hackers that have learned to program nanotechnology. These terrorists could program nanites to change our very DNA. Who knows what they could do with that kind of power? Hopefully, scientists will think of a solution to this detrimental problem.
Nanotechnology will be used in the production of smaller cameras for use in the surveillance industry. As spy cameras are constantly being made smaller and smaller, as is seen in the cases of Nanny Cams and other commercial products, nanotechnology will bring these cameras to a much smaller scale. Think about a germ. Think about the size of that germ. Imagine it being spread from person to person and no one even being aware of it simply because it’s so small. That’s kind of how these nanocams will work. While they won’t be used like a virus, at least not for a long time, these nanocams can be planted on a person without them ever knowing it’s there at all. The nanocam could travel through the blood stream and latch on to any surface that it’s programmed to, such as the skin cells on a nose, arm, or forehead. The nanocam would then be able to listen in on conversations and take pictures of anything it sees. Even if the person were to be patted down for cameras, such as the case in big drug operations, no one would ever detect any surveillance equipment at all.
Armor in today’s terms conjures up mental images of large tanks or missile-proof bombshelters or, in the very least, heavy kevlar and helmets. Nanotechnology will change all that, at least, in the latter. It has been discovered a way to design nanotubes, which are tiny, crystalline structures made on the nanoscale. These nanotubes create bonds in material that are one hundred times stronger than steel while being six times lighter than steel. This will make soldiers and police officers a lot less bulky and it will allow them to do their jobs at the best of their ability. Kevlar doesn’t weigh too much but it can slow the user down a bit and it gets rather heavy after you’ve been wearing it for awhile. With that in mind, it stands to reason that when these nanotubes are released in the production of better armor, our security personnel that we entrust with our lives on a daily basis will be much better equipped to do their job. The weight of it aside, any man would love to be protected by something that’s a hundred times stronger than steel. It’d take a missile to bring one of these proud officers down.
When Can I Expect It?
Believe it or not, nanotechnology is widely used in some industrial projects and experiments today. There’s a store in the United Kingdom that uses nanotechnology to track its products all the way from the distribution center to the retail store. The trackers are then turned off only when the item is purchased. This prevents the items from being stolen simply because thiefs know that they can’t get away with stealing it and if they do then the company can track the item and find out exactly where the product and the thief is and alert the authorities of that location. Other types of nanotechnology will become available to the public over the next few years and we should have a wide array of nanotechnology at our fingertips within the next decade or two. Eventually, nanotechnology will become commonplace and you won’t even think about it.
I hope this article has provided you with some level of comfort and taught you a thing or two about nanotechnology. Some day, you will have all of these powerful things at your disposal. The real question is, “Will you use it for good or bad?” That’s all for this article, folks, but I hope you don’t stop here. Continue to do your own research into this marvelous industry and hopefully all of your questions will be answered.