Where is nanotechnology headed? What does it mean for our future ? That’s what we discussed on August 14th at our fourth Summer Meetup. We watched a series of videos and TED talks on everything from nanomedicine to climate mitigation, but spent the most time talking about atomically precise manufacturing and molecular self-assembly – ‘Nanotechnology 2.0’:
When nanotechnology reaches the stage where the average household can have a desktop ‘nanofactory’ that builds them everything they need – including food, clothing, TVs and solar panels – we will be living in a world of ‘radical abundance’. This has major implications, as Dr. Eric Drexler – considered the father of nanotechnology – explains in his book.
Our Meetups are casual, small-scale events meant for anyone who wants to learn more about the impacts of technology and have an opportunity to discuss them. They complement our formal, larger events scheduled for this Fall.