Nanotechnology – in layman’s terms, is the study of controlling matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Nano means a billionth of a meter. This field of science has already turned out some outrageous developments. By changing the molecular make up on an extremely tiny scale, scientists can affect the overall molecular make up of objects and create amazing, or intimidating, technological advances. While most are still in the realm of science fiction, we must realize that scientists do not spend thousands of hours studying technologies unless they are close to becoming a realization. We have already seen the effects of bionic limbs as prosthetics. They are created to provide us with greater strength. Other scientists are researching neural chips that can be placed in our brains to access Internet or software applications on demand. In addition, pills are being developed that can attack damaged cells and repair them at a rapid pace.
It seems as if the sci-fi movies are slowly becoming a reality. Because the speed of technological advances is multiplied each day, us humans may become real transformers soon enough. We will have bionic limbs, which make us stronger, and are non-destructible. Our vision will be beyond natural human capabilities. We will be able to access the Internet with just a mere thought and compute anything we need with software applications stored in our brain. Our bodies will appear to be human, but we will be mechanical in almost every other way. Nanobombs will destroy any virus or bacteria that threaten our immune system. This will cause humans to live longer lives. While our bodies are decaying, we will simply install bionic replacements or ail the body back to a youthful state with more nanotechnology.
There is always the fear that nanotechnology will end up in the wrong hands. If the government or a modern day villain, who wants to take over the world, decides they want to control the everyday activities of humans, they simply must inject a tiny molecular transmitter into our bodies. This is what no goers fear the most. Nanobites can be hidden in any sort of shot or pill. Consequentially, we will run around doing whatever the government or evil villain wants us to do while they sit inside their evil lair laughing at the power of their control.
Do we really want to succeed at our jobs and academics so badly, that we are willing to sacrifice the science of nature and put our freedom at risk? Are our looks and physical capabilities worth this kind of risk? It is important for us to keep a close eye on these developments so we can limit anything that goes against our belief systems and may forgo our dignity and humanity. It is also important for each of us to be able to recognize the difference in the developments that are real and those that are still considered science fiction. We may stumble across the missing key to complete all of the nanotechnology projects tomorrow, in ten years, or never. Nonetheless, we must be ready to deal with the issues that come hand in hand with the miraculous advances that nanotechnology can offer.