I came across this today and thought I’d share it because it’s stunning. These days, it seems like every time I read up on what’s happening in the world, there’s been a discovery of another possible earth-like planet, or something related to the Higgs Boson, or a leap in nanotechnology. Apparently we can turn plants into plastic now: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/16/us-bioplastic-nanotechnology-idUSTRE81F1PO20120216
It all makes me really excited to write book 2 and explore those concepts further!
Sorry about the hiatus, things got a little hectic! I’ve got a new post on something that I hope you’ll find just as interesting as I did 🙂
Nanotechnology (sometimes shortened to “nanotech“) is the study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale, (what would I do without you, Wikipedia).
In The Dark Matter Chronicles, the Arcana use it develop their gadgets, (e.g. a decrypter is made of nanobots that attach to the neurons in your brain and give you access a universal database of languages). The objects in my novel are obviously fictional but because nanotech involves manipulating matter at its basic level, I don’t think they’re far-fetched.
What inspired to me include nanotech in my story is a video I came across several years ago. It’s about a conceptual cellphone by Nokia called the Morph. I remember seeing it long before I started writing the book but it made quite the impression and has stuck with me ever since.
Here’s a short video for the nanotech Morph:
There’s a longer version on You Tube as well if you’re interested in seeing more.
I don’t know about you, but I get incredibly excited when I see things like this. It opens up so many possibilities for the future and what we’ll be able to do. The really astonishing thing is that this is only one piece of the puzzle. Scientists and engineers the world over are working on things that hardly seem possible (yay for 3-D printers!) but will be within our grasp very soon. And I can’t wait to get my hands on some of this stuff. *C’mon jet-packs…*