Art, Science + Technology

DMA9 Fall 2007, Section B

W9: Nanotechnology – NanoBots

Nanotechnology involves working with matter of the ultra-small scale. E.g. molecules, atoms, etc. Like advances in space exploration, it is one of the most innovative and science-fiction-like fields. The aspect of nanotech that interests me the most is the concept of nanobots. There are a variety of authors/visionaries/sci-fi shows whom have made the first tentative steps into exploring this concept. Some of which include “I, Robot”, “Stargate SG1”, etc.

Stargate SG1

To clarify what nanobots are, nanorobotics refers to “the technology of creating machines or robotsnanometres (10-9 meters). More specifically, nanorobotics refers to the still largely hypothetical nanotechnology engineering discipline of designing and building nanorobots. As no artificial non-biological nanorobots have so far been created, they remain a hypothetical concept at this time.”

There have been some primitive nanobots that have been created. One such bot is a sensorthat has a switch of about 1.5 nanometers across which has the function of counting specific molecules in a chemical sample. It is most likely that the first successful application of nanotechnology will be in the medical field. Nanobots may be used to identify and destroy cancer cells, and other pathogens. As such, I feel that nanotech is by-far one of the most promising fields of the future.




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