Week 5 Response: Nanotechnology

The  topic I found really interesting from this week’s reading was the Nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is a way of manipulating the atomic world. This technology will be well engaging in the scientific world for the next several decades. In Ken Goldberg and Karl Bohringer’s artwork, they created a installation named the Invisible Cantilever.

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This installation was a 1/1 millionth-scale version of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater architectural landmark by using a micro electro mechanical(MEM) atomic level manipulator.This project used the technology called SCREAM which is the Single Crystal Reactive Etching and Metallization. First, they scanned Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater floorplan from a book and then imported to a software to create the 3D model and mask. After that they combined the mask and a water of purified silicon.

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After its done, it cannot see by human eyes because it is way too small. The only way to see it is by using the electrical microscope. Similarly, another physician, artist named Jonty Hurwitz created the smallest known, human-shaped sculptures in the world by using the nanotechnology.  The nano sculpture is as the size of a sperm that totally invisible to human eyes.

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Nanotechnology raises the question of the limits of human ability as creators and what the difference of human-made word and the real world. In Tim Urban’s article, The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence mentioned that scientists believed that in the future, all the object can be created by nanotechnology. Things that created by nanotechnology’s price do not depend on the degree of rarity but the complexity of the chemical structure. By scientist’s assumption, a diamond created by nanotechnology could be even cheaper than an eraser. In the future, meat and all other kinds of food can be produced by nanotechnology and famine will no longer exist in this world. However, what a world we will be live in? I am very curious about the nanotechnology world. Scientist even believe that human can be produced or copied by nanotechnology. By that time, human beings can either live forever or destroyed by the technologies created by human itself. In general, nanotechnology will be mainstream. However, what nanotechnology will bring to human is still unknown. (I highly recommend Tim Urban’s article. It discussed what superintelligence will bring to human.)

Article Link: http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-1.html

Jonty Hurwitz

Source: http://www.ieor.berkeley.edu/~goldberg/flw/


-Liwei Wang


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