Thursday, April 07, 2005


I've been following a nanotech blog for a while. Every kind of technological wrinkle fascinates me. Too much Ray Bradbury in my younger years, I guess. Anyway, this post stikes me as the last word in modesty and humility. Here is someone who cannot be accused of having an exaggerated idea of the state of the art (or science or business) in nanotechnology.

Is nanotechnology an industry? If you have to ask the question, then you've already been fooled by the hype hucksters. Time for me to chime in with my own analogy analysis.

If nanotechnology were an industry, then the ability to walk upright would be equivalent to running the Boston Marathon, skipping rope and dancing like Fred Astaire.

If nanotechnology were an industry, then chiseling a round object out of stone would produce a '69 Chevy, a landing gear and a yo-yo.

If nanotechnology were an industry, then we should pay our friends in the plant kingdom minimum wage for the oxygen they provide.

As long as nanotech business leaders think of themselves as belonging to any single industry, they're going to remain stuck in the Stone Age with a whole lot of useless bones and rocks hanging around their caves.

Any questions? Ug.

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