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A different approach towards self-assembly is to use the stuff of life itself, DNA, to perform complex processes. According to Ehud Shapiro of
Nanotechnology is a technological race that, when won, promises to have far more of an impact on how we work, live, and play than the semiconductor and "computing" revolutions of the past 35 years. As these technologies mature; as the things we build shrink to nanometer sizes and create machines like the Sandia robot, and as self-assembled drugs become the norm within just a few years, the challenge on how to control (and keep control) of the processes and the environment will be substantial—and different from the challenges and solutions of today. Remember, the best relay-logic designer had little value to offer once the microcontroller took over, unless she looked in new directions. That's the control industry's challenge. That's your challenge!
Meanwhile, think small and don't blink!
Jeffrey R. Harrow
Principal, The Harrow Group
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