And I thought Nanobots Were Way off in the Future
March 26, 2008 1 Comment
Scientists from the International Center for Young Scientists have developed a rudimentary nano-scale molecular machine that is capable of generating the logical state machine necessary to direct and control other nano-machines. This experiment demonstrates a nascent ability to manipulate, build, and control nano-devices, which are the fundamental premises for nanobot technology. Other than perfecting these techniques, all that remains to achieve the so-called utility nanobot is the generation of light, wireless networking, and the ability to fly.
Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory developed a 3 cm 60 milligram robotic fly that had its first successful flight in 2007. So, it seems that Moore’s law marches on in the world of microbiotics at a doubling of the miniaturization of flying robots every two years. At this rate, we should get to 10 microns by the year 2030. This is, of course, ignoring the fact that black ops military programs are generally considered to be at least 10 years ahead of commercial ventures. Bring on the nano-wars!