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Scary Science: Nanotechnology

Science Fiction has undoubtedly made its way into our reality. Our biggest ideas and fears are slowly creeping into our daily conversations and thoughts, causing us to take a step back and look at the world from a different perspective. Science is getting to a point where we may have to come together and stop our advancements unless everyone is okay with the impending doom we are creating. Of course we know what we are doing and scientists have everything handled, we are just creating a better option for our race right? Maybe they should let the public decide how we want to die since science is doing a great job of making sure that will happen.

Nanotechnology is a wide range of many different sciences each with their own pros and cons, but what most people are truly concerned with is Bio-materials & Tissue engineering. Using nanobots to heal humans and help us win the arms race against bacteria. We could even use these bots to help work with the neuron transmissions in our brains to help us think better. According to the University of Washington they are taking many steps in science to keep nanotechnology on the front end of all of our minds and to keep the research improving, from medical and health to the commercial and industrial manufacturing. It looks like the National Nanotechnology initiative strategic plan, which was passed in 2011, has already been seeing their plans succeed. The University of Washington and many other universities, especially the university of Nebraska have been sticking to the simple rules that our wonderful government has placed upon the research of nanobots. These rules, or as they phrase it “goals”, are:

1.    To advance world class research and development
2.    Foster the transfer of new technologies into products for commercial and public use
3.    Develop and sustain education resources, a skilled workforce, and the supporting infrastructure and tools to advance nanotechnology
4.    To support responsible development of nanotechnology.

All of these “goals” sound very promising, except the University of Nebraska has created our very first cyborg. Okay, truthfully it’s nanobots fused with the Bacilli bacteria to create a successful humidity gauge, but it was assimilated with living bacteria and an electronic circuit so it’s not that far from a cyborg. This seems like it doesn’t stick to the rules that were set by the government, and many people are wondering if our scientists actions are moral.  If we can combine these nanobots with living things to create or destroy what is going to stop the bots from keeping our bodies alive even after we die? The zombie apocalypse doesn’t seem that far fetched anymore. If that wasn’t enough to make people want to shut this research down, the University of Washington and the NNISP have other ideas on what nanotechnology will be used for. According to the NNISP nanotechnology could impact aerospace, agriculture, energy, the environment, health care, homeland security, national defense, and our transportation system. With all these things that can be crafted and enhanced because of research in this technology we could see a better future.

Science fiction and reality have begun to merge, making fears and doubts run through our minds, but the future doesn’t have to be a dark lifeless void or a pile of gray goop. It really just depends on how we use our own intelligence and common sense. The rules we have placed on this science might be our only glimmer of hope of controlling and taking due consideration when expanding nanotechnology research.