Asian industries serious about nanotech

from the atoms-are-everywhere dept.
The latest Far Eastern Economic Review (January 18 cover date) has a well done article Designer Molecules: It's Time to Think Small by Charles Bickers on Asian companies seriously developing applications of nanotextured materials, nanotubes and other nano-scale technology. The article is also a good reality check for anyone inclined to think that the US (or any other nation) will be able to monopolize the technology.

Now: MEMS is nanotechnology?

from the that's-different dept.
Oldtimers among you will recall when nanotechnology was anathema to the MEMS community, who viewed it as science fiction. Now nanotech is such a (fundable) buzzword that MEMS is being repositioned as nanotechnology by "Trends in Nanotechnology", based in Europe. Elsewhere in the issue appears this: "We're going to make just one prediction, which is that the use of the word nanotechnology will see explosive growth in the coming year. Unfortunately, most of this growth is likely to represent bandwagon-jumping." Ironic, yes? Read More for the repositioning quote.

Interview with Zyvex CEO

from the Breaking-News dept.

According to a Zyvex press release, Zyvex CEO Jim Von Ehr will be interviewed by the Wall Street Reporter on Friday, December 29, 2000.

Wall Street Reporter, an information source for professional investors, interviews 40 to 60 CEOs daily. The audio of their interview with Von Ehr can be heard on December 29, 2000, beginning at 12:30pm EST. Click on the Zyvex link in the section titled, "Today's CEO Interviews".

The interview will be archived under the section titled, "CEO Interviews A-Z" from December 30, 2000 through January 3, 2001.

RealPlayer is required to hear this broadcast; it can be downloaded directly from the Wall Street Reporter site.

Physicist Michio Kaku dismissive of nanotech

from the man-will-never-fly dept.
David Coutts writes from Australia: "I'm reading "Visions" by Michio Kaku (co-founder of string field theory), the paperback edition published in 1997 by Anchor Books…The purpose of this [post] is to focus briefly on his handling of nanotechnology, which comes under the Quantum Revolution heading. I found his treatment (pages 266 to 273) curiously dismissive… Feynman's famous article is mentioned, but no mention of Engines of Creation or Nanosystems, nor the Foresight Institute. Instead, he agrees with critics who say that "the claims are as breathtaking as their results are meager"… He concludes by saying that "the jury is out", and nanotechnology remains "purely speculative at this point". Has anyone else read the book? If so, what did you think of his treatment of nanotechnology? I would love to see someone from the Foresight Institute refute Mr Kaku paragraph by paragraph. As a layman, I felt that he had already made up his mind and therefore only interviewed those whose minds were similiarly opposed… " Read More for the full post.

Business Week: "It's a Nano World"

from the only-ten-years-to-get-ready dept.
Patrice Clement writes "Just to mention that there is a pretty nice "overview" article about NanoTechnology in BusinessWeek [Nov. 27 issue]…I like the introduction stressing how important "material technology" is. Once this point is made, it becomes "naturally clear" why NanoTech is going to have such a big impact on our lives. The rest of the article goes into giving examples of what kind of researches are being made in the NanoTech field. From what I can tell, the article seems to be pretty accurate." The article ends: "the Nano Age should be in full swing around 2010."

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