My friend David Pescovitz, BoingBoing blogger, nanotech writer and ever-faithful NanoBot adviser, calls my attention to a quote in this piece at CNN.com: "The device that causes an airbag to inflate in a crash is a nanotech device," said David Kirkpatrick, senior editor at Fortune Magazine.
David ends his note to me with a simple, "Well ..."
I'll finish his sentence. "Well ... now you know why fortunes can be
easily lost in the nanotech space. You first must understand how small
"nano" is. The gadget that makes an airbag inflate in an instant is a
MEMS (microelectromechanical system) device. Innovative and
life-saving? Of course. Small? You betcha, but not small enough.
Microns seem miles long when compared to the nanometer.