posted on Feb, 5 2003 @ 10:07 AM
Nanotechnology refers to the manipulation of matter at the scale of atoms and molecules to create novel forms of common materials, like carbon
molecules arranged in nanotubes, which are 100 times as strong as steel but much lighter. Proponents describe a future in which nanotechnology will
lead to other wonders, like minute diagnostic systems to detect cancers when they are no more than a few cells in size, or data-storage systems that
could contain the Library of Congress in a device the size of a sugar cube.
But "The Big Down" warns of the risks of allowing big business to pursue and promote technologies whose health and environmental consequences may
not be fully understood.