White House Official Tips Off Subtle Change in Approach to Nanotech

Replacing one pipe dream for nanotech with another hardly progresses the discussion of funding its research

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Since the beginning of the US government getting behind nanotech as a focused program the expressed reason (explicitly or tacitly) for pursuing this course has primarily been that of not missing out on a whole new “industry” to provide new jobs and wealth.

It seems that the Obama White House has taken a different tack to the whole purpose of the government pouring money into nanotech.  Instead of not missing out on the next big thing for economic development, we get not missing out on the next big thing in alternative energies.

If you followed the links above, you now know that I don’t think much of the ideas that nanotechnology can be supported as a rising industry that will provide economic development for any one particular geographic region, and nor should it be held out as some sort of cure-all for making alternative energy economically competitive with oil.

By replacing one pipe dream for another, I’m not sure that the Obama administration is doing much to move the discussion of nanotech beyond the realm of hype, but then again what else are they supposed to say.

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The Transistor of 2047: Expert Predictions

What will the device be like on its 100th anniversary?

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The luminaries who dared predict the future of the transistor for IEEE Spectrum include: [clockwise from left] Gabriel Loh, Sri Samavedam, Sayeef Salahuddin, Richard Schultz, Suman Datta, Tsu-Jae King Liu, and H.-S. Philip Wong.

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The 100th anniversary of the invention of the transistor will happen in 2047. What will transistors be like then? Will they even be the critical computing element they are today? IEEE Spectrum asked experts from around the world for their predictions.

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