Why is everyone making a great big deal out of the science of the very, very small?

If Nanotechnology, the manipulation of matter at the atomic level, at maturity achieves even a fraction of its promise, it will force the reassessment of global markets and economies and industries on a scale never experienced before in human history. Imagine the emergence of a nanochip that tomorrow would deliver over 50 gigahertz of speed with the processing power of ten supercomputers for the price of a quartz watch and smaller than a key chain. What might the economic impact on the computer industry be overnight? Imagine a super strong and inexpensive material to be used for pipe insulation, construction and manufacturing that would eliminate the market for steel and plastic. How might that influence the economy?

Dr. James Canton, CEO & Chairman, Institute for Global Futures

Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Computers and one of Forbes' 400 wealthiest, with an estimated net worth of $13 Billion, recently spoke at an MIT Technology Conference. A fellow participant asked Dell, "If you were 20 years old and about to do it all over again, what would you be pursuing today?" Dell answered "Working with nanomaterials." Seems like 13 Billion later he still has the knack to catch an early trend.

Nanotechnology represents the beginning of a revolutionary new age in our ability to manipulate materials for the good of humanity.

World Technology Evaluation Center Panel Report On Nanostructured Science and Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is predicted to be the next Industrial Revolution.

Zhong L. Wang Director of Georgia Tech's New Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

...and what is "Nanotechnology"?

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of cell and atomic structure in materials that are no larger than a billionth of a meter in size.

"Science and technology on the scale of a nanometer - one billionth of a meter - is revolutionary. Nanotechnology could change the way almost everything is designed and made, from automobile tires to vaccines to objects not yet imagined."

the National Science Foundation