This month, Futurography—a series in which Future Tense introduces readers to the technologies that will define tomorrow—looks into nanotechnology, exploring the promise and problems that come into play when scientists and engineers start working at the nanoscale. But what, you might ask, is the nanoscale? To give you a better sense, we’ve put together this short video which offers a concise, comparative breakdown that demonstrates just how small this very small stuff really is.
This article is part of the nanotechnology installment of Futurography, a series in which Future Tense introduces readers to the technologies that will define tomorrow. Each month, we’ll choose a new technology and break it down. Future Tense is a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate.