The latest publication (Vol. 15 No.3 2006) from the Business and Economic Research Center (BERC) at the Middle Tennessee State University features an excellent article by Dr. Richard W. Oliver and Ed Sperling on the growing influence of nanotechnology and some updated graphics that wouldn’t have come out as well as they did without NanoEngineer-1. Click on the pdf, which’ll open a linked Table of Contents to the whole article.
I’m not much for presenting critical discussions of content (that whole “spare time” thing), so will keep it brief. It is a very good, non-technical (well, non-technical to ME anyway) discussion of how our continued understanding of the nanoscale is shaping developments in all industries. While some general science is intermixed throughout, the focus of the article is on the shaping of economies, or how the current nanotech weather will eventually become the eye of the storm of the global manufacturing climate. I tend to not look far beyond my own computer screen as I push ahead in the field, so I very much enjoy reading coherent presentations of nanotech aspects I wouldn’t otherwise spend much time thinking about (yes, there are many in nanotechnology wondering IF we should, HOW we should, WHEN we should, WHAT we should and WHY we should, and many of those in the field have orthogonal interests that could all benefit from larger coefficients in their off-diagonal elements). That’s what makes David Berube’s Nano-Hype so interesting to read and Rob Tow so interesting to listen to.
And it wouldn’t be a Tennessee nanotechnology article without some mention of Battelle, the current managing organization for Oak Ridge National Lab and other driving force, along with Foresight Nanotech Institute, of the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems.