Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is a term used to refer to any form of technology that operates on the smallest of scales, from the level of atoms, molecules, or groups of molecules. The earliest use of the term nanotechnology came from science fiction, and was used specifically to refer to technological devices that allowed human beings to manipulate matter on the atomic and molecular level in order to create anything. A good example of this form of nanotechnology is the fictional devices called Fabricators on the Star Trek television show, which allowed users to simply request an item be created for them. Today, the term nanotechnology refers to a wide field of study, and has for this reason been broken down into many different subcategories. More importantly however, nanotechnology is no longer solely relegated to science fiction, but has become an accepted part of scientific fact. The field of nanotechnology was first theorized in the late 1950s by Richard Feynmen, when he described the possible development of technology that could manipulate atoms directly in order to create large scale objects. The term ‘nanotechnology’ itself was not actually coined for another couple of decades, by the Japanese scientist Norio Taniguchi. In the 1980s, nanotechnology became something scientists across the world began to actively start to attempt to develop, but progress was slow until the dawn of the twenty first century. Governments across the globe began to allocate funds and attention toward the development of nanotechnology because it had become a goal that appeared to …