Molecular Speculations on Global Abundance
Edited by BC Crandall

Technology is becoming molecularly precise. Nanotechnology, otherwise known as molecular engineering, will soon create effective machines as small as DNA. This capacity to manipulate matter—to program matter—with atomic precision will utterly change the economic, ecological, and cultural fabric of our lives. This book, which is accessible to a broad audience while providing references to the technical literature, presents a wide range of potential applications of this new material technology.

The first chapter introduces the basic concepts of molecular engineering and demonstrates that several mutually reinforcing trends in current research are leading directly into a world of surprisingly powerful molecular machines. Nine original essays on specific applications follow the introductory chapter. The first section presents applications of nanotechnology that interact directly with the molecular systems of the human body. The second presents applications that function, for the most part, outside the body. The final section details the mechanisms of a universal human-machine interface and the operation of an extremely high resolution display system.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. 1. Molecular Engineering

    BC Crandall

  3. I. Mostly Inside
  4. 2. In-Vivo Nanoscope and the "Two-Week Revolution"

    Ted Kaheler

  5. 3. Cosmetic Nanosurgery

    Richard Crawford

  6. 4. Diamond Teeth

    Edward M. Reifman

  7. II. Mostly Outside
  8. 5. Early Applications

    Harry Chesley

  9. 6. The Companion: A Very Personal Computer

    John Papiewski

  10. 7. Trivial (Uses of) Nanotechnology

    H. Keith Henson

  11. 8. Nanotech Hobbies

    Tom McKendree

  12. III. Windows and Environments
  13. 9. Phased Array Optics

    Brian Wowk

  14. 10. Utility Fog: The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

    J. Storrs Hall

  15. Postscript
  16. Contributors
  17. Notes
  18. Index