Sunday, May 22, 2016

[Week 8] Nanoscience - The next revolution of the human race

Nanoscience revolutionizes the way we think in two major ways: Philosophically and Scientifically.


The philosophy of “Seeing”
We naturally develop the instinct of believing what they see. An image is often the first step in confirming the existence of any object. Now, we have reached a point where vision can no longer help us understand our subject of study, and this may be a good thing. We have been forced to innovate beyond using the eye to interpret the world, which may lead us to better understand it. 

In physics, we’ve learned about real and virtual images. Through deeper understanding, we know that images are simply light waves that are observed by the eye and interpreted by the mind. In other words, our brains tell us what we see. Therefore in a philosophical sense, how real are the things that we see?

A schematic 3D description of an atomic force microscope (AFM).
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology depend on sensory interpretation, because we are unable to see the things that are happening on an atomic level. In my opinion, when dealing in areas beyond our understanding, vision can be a liability. A perception based on touch is in many senses more real than that of seeing. However, a sensory perception still needs to be conveyed via visual representation, and this is where art becomes crucial, in interpreting and communicating what we perceive through touch.

The Science of treating the cause and not the symptom
In all of human history, we have studied everything in the collective: A plant, an animal, the human body…We were able to understand the world around us on the surface. We study the symptoms and thus treat the symptoms when needed.

Nanobots killing a virus.
Nanoscience opens up a door into an entirely new world in which the human race could venture into. Nanoscience deals with matters on an atomic level, which means we are manipulating the very building blocks of the universe itself. Comprehension of the building blocks itself versus the comprehension of systems as a collective in analogous to understanding the symptoms versus the cause in a patient. Manipulation of individual atoms has huge significance in terms of how we understand the world and how we go around solving problems. From medical sciences to sustainable energy, nanotechnology has the potential to reinvent the wheel itself in many disciplines.


Through the study and understanding of atomic level matter, Nanoscience will revolutionize the way we perceive and interact with the world. As physicist Richard Feynman lecture famously states: “There is plenty of room at the bottom.”

Works Cited 
"Can Art Make Nanotechnology Easier to Understand?" National Geographic. National Geographic Society, n.d. Web. 22 May 2016.

"Compound Microscope." Compound Microscope. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2016.

Gimzewski, Jim, and Victoria Vesna. "The Nanoneme Syndrome: Blurring of Fact and Fiction in the Construction of a New Science." Technoetic Arts Technoetic Arts 1.1 (2003): 7-24. Web.

"Images, Real and Virtual." Images, Real and Virtual. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2016.

"Introduction to Nanotechnology – Images." Nanowerk. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2016.

"Nanotechnology Now." Nanotechnology Art Gallery. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2016.

"There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom"(Richard Feynman, Pasadena, 29 December 1959)." Metamodern RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2016.

"Visualizing the Universe: Color - The Future of Human Evolution." The Future of Human Evolution. N.p., 2013. Web. 22 May 2016.


  1. Hi Arthur, great post about this weeks lecture. Your question of how real are the things that we see? Put that into perspective for me. It is pretty crazy that now we have technology that may benefit us even though we have no visual signal from it. It is fascinating that the more that scientists advance in the study of nanotechnology it opens up a completely new world with new possibilities for the human race.

  2. Great post this week! I really like the pictures that you chose. The diagram is really helpful of the microscope! I agree with the previous comment that its crazy how technologies can benefit us even when we can't visually see it. Its fascinating that nanotechnology has the potential to make such an impact on the human race!

  3. Great post about the concept of perception and seeing things through nanoscience. My own post featured the same ideal behind "seeing" things, but not so much about their perception. I can definitely appreciate how the future, with nanotechnology, can be affected through things we cannot see!