Info Gluttony

Not quite Nano, but almost

Posted in Uncategorized by echan on February 15, 2007

I’m in the middle of reading Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age, so I’ve got nanotechnology on the brain. What impresses me most about the Stephenson universe, is how his invented terms transfer seamlessly across his books, even though they have different sci-fi settings (I’ve only read Snowcrash, and The Cryptonomicron, as Quicksilver gathers dust on my shelf).

With Hitachi’s announcment that they’ve developed tiny RFID chips, or “RFID dust,” one of the predictions of The Diamond Age has come true. In the book, nano-sized bits of surveillance tools become embedded in human bodies and on clothing and other assorted items. While the Hitachi bits are still visible, they’re mite-sized specs.

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