Foresight Nanotech Institute Logo

« Go Back

You are viewing
Foresight Archives

Image of nano

Intermediate and long term objectives
in nanotechnology

Ralph C. Merkle*

Xerox Palo Alto Research Center

This is an abstract for a talk to be given at the
Fifth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology.
This talk is based upon an article available at:
An HTML version of the slides for this talk is available at:


The basic long term objective of molecular nanotechnology is now widely accepted: we should be able to develop a manufacturing technology able to inexpensively fabricate most products which can be specified with molecular precision and which are consistent with physical law. As the direct development of such a capability using our present technology appears challenging, and as it seems likely that any developmental pathway will require substantial resources, it is essential that the nanotechnology community as a whole develop a greater consensus about both the nature and value of the long term objective, and the kind of intermediate objectives that should be pursued to achieve that long term objective.

*Corresponding Address:
Ralph C. Merkle, Xerox PARC, 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304, Phone: 650-812-4422, Fax: 650-812-4471, E-mail:


Foresight Programs


Home About Foresight Blog News & Events Roadmap About Nanotechnology Resources Facebook Contact Privacy Policy

Foresight materials on the Web are ©1986–2018 Foresight Institute. All rights reserved. Legal Notices.

Web site developed by Stephan Spencer and Netconcepts; maintained by James B. Lewis Enterprises.