Nanotechnology as a social concept and investment focal point has drawn much attention. Here we consider the place of nanotechnology in the second great technological revolution of mankind that began some 200 years ago. The so-called nanotechnology revolution represents both a continuation of prior science and technology trends and a re-awakening to the benefits of significant investment in fundamental research. We consider the role the military might play in the development of nanotechnology innovations, nanotechnology’s context in the history of technology, and the global competition to lead the next technological revolution.
|Comments:||Preprint of chapter to appear in Nanoethics: Examining the Societal Impact of Nanotechnology, Fritz Allhoff, Patrick Lin, James Moor, and John Weckert, eds., (2007). Visit this http URL for more information|
|Subjects:||Physics and Society (physics.soc-ph); History of Physics (physics.hist-ph)|
|Cite as:||arXiv:physics/0612229v1 [physics.soc-ph]|