from the boom-or-bust? dept.
An article in the UK-based magazine The Economist ("The smaller the better", 21 June 2001) tries to answer a few questions for potential investors: "After the dotcom bust and the fibre-optics glut, nanotechnology has suddenly become the refuge of choice for technologically obsessed investors. But why ìnanoîóand what is it, anyway?"
The article covers a broad range of ideas, but focuses on short-term nanoscale bulk items like nanoparticles, but also mentions micro- and nano-electronics. The piece concludes: "The danger is that the investment firmsí expectations could run too far ahead of nanotechnologyís ability to deliver. Whether investors have the patience to hang around for the pay-off is the big question."