What is it?
Nano technology, also known as Nano Science, is a branch of technology that specialises in the engineering of functional systems at the molecular scale, the scale being either 100 nanometres, or less. This is around the same amount of nanometres a sheet of A4 paper has.
Nano technology is new, because of this, scientists do not know how far we are able to push its limits, but we have already ran many tests on this new type of tech, for example, ink jet systems, chemical and bio detectors have both been made possible to manufacture thanks to the use of nanotechnology and the results of the tests performed to try it.
That is not all, in the future, scientists theorize we can use this technology to create electronic paper, advanced contact lenses and advanced security measures (e.g. micro sized security cameras that could even be able to follow presences and alert authorities if matches are found). This sounds very advanced, but this type of technology is already being integrated into everyday life.
What does this mean?
Because of this, most people predict that by 2050, Nano technology will play a very large part of our day-to-day lives. Not only that, but it will effect modern computers in unseen ways, imagine if your computer, with all its individual components could be shrunk down, sped up and have less energy consumption. That, is one of the many theories that we are on the edge of achieving.
By replacing the transistor, nanotubes will increase in speed and require less space to operate. The most common semiconductor material in transistors is silicon, but silicon is cheap and easily broken down, this gives it limitations that can be surpassed easily by simply replacing the silicon with carbon nanotube, now, the transistor can be made both small and faster than today’s transistors
Is this too good to be true?
No, though it is important to note that nanotechnology, whilst giving us better technology, is decreasing jobs needed in the technology industry and is causing less and less people to be needed to manufacture and farm for development of nanotechnology.