Friday, January 13, 2006

The Future of Nanobiotechnology

The Interdisciplinary Center for Technology Analysis & Forecasting (iCTAF), an Israeli think-tank at Tel-Aviv University, has forecasted the future of Nanobiotechnology. The survey (available only as a .pdf) summarizes the predictions of 139 experts from 30 countries who were asked to assess the prospects of 20 future developments in the field.
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The experts were asked, among other things, in what year they envisioned specific technologies becoming available. Among the developments we can expect to see in the short term (before 2010) are biodetection with smart adaptable nanosurfaces, and nano-agents for analysis inside cells.

The value of such predictions is debatable but they're intriguing nevertheless. Plus, it's fun to imagine that by 2016-2020 we'll be able to engage in in vitro construction of artificial human organs.

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