The march of technology can be a rather amazing thing to see. There’s a lot to say about where we are right now. But the past and the future both offer nearly as much to discuss. However, as with many things it’s often best to look at where we were before really discussing the future.
Technology has moved at an incredible pace of the past few decades. It’s almost hard to believe how recently we’ve discovered some things. For example, our understanding of genetics just seems like common sense these days. Basic genetics tends to get covered in middle school science classes. And this isn’t even something that’s an advanced placement class or the like. The subject is simply considered basic enough that nobody really considers it to be overly trying on young minds.
But back in the late 1950s it was cutting edge science. One of the big reasons there has to do with size. And that’s where we’re going to see a lot of our scientific progression coming from. We faced a lot of issues with technology simply because we needed to get smaller. We needed to be able to see smaller sizes. We needed to construct things on a smaller scale. And we needed to be able to interact with things on that scale in order to build things up even more.
This has been a constant with most sciences. Modern medicine, for example, really began in earnest with the creation of microscopes. This gave scientists their first glimpse at microscopic organisms. From there they were able to realize that bacteria were often the direct cause of disease. And that realization prompted treatments. We’re currently in a similar position with engineering.
Many people have raised their eyebrows in confusion after seeing some nanopositioning software for sale. The idea that we might be that far along is rather amazing. And to understand this we need to look at the transition from past to present. Positioning software operates in a similar way to what one might expect. But the difference here is that we’re working on a much smaller level than would have been possible in the not so distant past. This is one of the biggest areas where we’re seeing huge progress with engineering on the smallest levels.
The microscope gave people a chance to see life at a very small scale. But it was still something we could easily wrap our mind around. We can’t see a single instance of a bacterial colony. But we can roughly talk about an area of infection where they’re localized. This isn’t true on the nanoscale. Our brains aren’t really capable of processing information at that mall a level.
Computers can model data at a nanolevel though. And it’s part of what’s making nano technology a viable addition to medicine, construction and other important areas of practical implementation. And we’re getting far enough along that it’s becoming more and more in reach of the average person.
We’re not quite at the level where one can just jump into work on the nanoscale. But it’s getting closer and closer. And some of the tools, such as positioning software, can be used even without a direct hardware interface.