By Colin Milburn

The dawning period of nanotechnology can provide to remodel lifestyles as we all know it. Visionary scientists are engineering fabrics and units on the molecular scale that may perpetually regulate the way in which we expect approximately our applied sciences, our societies, bodies, or even fact itself. Colin Milburn argues that the increase of nanotechnology consists of a fashion of since he calls “nanovision.” hiking around the technoscapes and the dreamscapes of nanotechnology, he elaborates a concept of nanovision, demonstrating that nanotechnology has depended all through its background on a symbiotic courting with technological know-how fiction. Nanotechnology’s medical theories, laboratory tools, and study courses are inextricable from speculative visions, hyperbolic rhetoric, and fictional narratives.Milburn illuminates the practices of nanotechnology through reading a massive diversity of cultural artifacts, together with medical study articles, engineering textbooks, laboratory photos, renowned technological know-how writings, novels, comedian books, and blockbuster movies. In so doing, he finds connections among the applied sciences of visualization that experience helped inaugurate nano examine, corresponding to the scanning tunneling microscope, and the prescient writings of Robert A. Heinlein, James Blish, and Theodore Sturgeon. He delves into fictive and medical representations of “gray goo,” the nightmare situation within which self sustaining nanobots stand up in uprising and wreak havoc at the international. He exhibits that nanoscience and “splatterpunk” novels proportion a violent aesthetic of disintegration: the organic physique is breached and torn asunder simply to be refabricated as an assemblage of self-organizing machines. no matter if in high-tech laboratories or technology fiction tales, nanovision deconstructs the human topic and galvanizes the discovery of a posthuman destiny.

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However, the "sci-fi" anxieties that haunt the qefenders of nanotech­ nology disclose its scandalous proximity to science fiction, and, I argue, only rhetoric is maintaining the separation. Furthermore, this rhetoric thor­ oughly deconstructs itself in a futile struggle for boundary articulation that has already been lost. 38 CHAPTER ONE NANOT E C H N O LOGY AS S C I E N C E � I CT I O N , O R , D E C O N S T R U C T I N G T H E N A N O R H E TO R I C Recall Drexler's arguments regarding science fiction.

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Of 11dt�ncr Ht·t lun untl wrltrr11 ol' " l hf'o· retlcal applied science" or "exploratory tnlllnf'corlnM" 111 tlf'lllllblll:r:f'd und con· fused. "Scientifically sound," accord In& to Drexler, can be a quality of both kinds of writing-destroying the criterion, erasing the division. 70 Determining that Drexler's version of nanotechnology is inseparable from its science fictionisms would apparently make the tactic of excluding him from the field more effective. After all. " How­ ever, attempts to banish Drexler from the field he helped establish actu­ ally have the ironic effect of highlighting the science fictionality of nano.

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