Aufbau einer sicheren Nanotechnologie-Zukunft

Wir leben – so meinen einige – am Rande einer nanotechnologischen Revolution: Materie wird in einem Maßstab konstruiert, der tausendmal kleiner ist als mit bloßem Auge erkennbar wäre, und in dem bekannte Materialien sich völlig unerwartet verhalten. Wenn sie erfolgreich ist, wird diese Revolution unsere Welt auf den Kopf stellen.

Nanotechnologie verschafft uns immer mehr Kontrolle über die materielle Welt und bietet Möglichkeiten, bestehende Technologien zu verbessern und neue zu entwickeln. Die Möglichkeiten scheinen unbegrenzt: Stärkere, leichtere Materialien werden gebaut und enorm leistungsstarke und dennoch unglaublich kleine Computer hergestellt; neue, nachhaltige Energiequellen können entwickelt werden; und Krebsheilmittel, die auf eine spezielle Person abgestimmt sind, können erfunden werden.

Über 500 von den Herstellern ausgewiesene nanotechnologische Endprodukte sind derzeit auf dem Markt, angefangen bei Kosmetik über Autoteile bis hin zu Geschirr. Wenn die aktuellen Vorhersagen stimmen, verfügt Nanotechnologie über das Potenzial, fast jeden Industriezweig und praktisch jeden Aspekt unseres Lebens zu beeinflussen.

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