Nanotechnology, its proponents say, promises a world of vast power, super-strong materials, blazingly-fast computation, and tiny machines that can perform just about any task. But some say the technology, if not checked, could lead to destruction and chaos. In this hour, we'll talk about the present state of nanotech research, its future potential, and how to separate science fact from science fiction.


Ralph C. Merkle
*Vice President for Technology Assessment, Foresight Institute
*Professor, Georgia Tech College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.

James Gimzewski
*Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

Davis Baird
*Professor and chair, Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

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