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Nanotechnology takes on self-repair

Here at Foresight we expect great self-repair abilities from advanced nanotechnology, but even today some simple forms of nanoscale self-repair are on the way. Nanowerk reports:

The aerospace and automotive industries are frontrunners in researching and employing nanotechnology. Visions of “nano in cars” range from contributions towards CO2-free engines, safe driving, reduced noise, self-healing bodies and windscreens, “chameleon” colors, and a self-forming car body. For now, self-healing in anticorrosion coatings is one of the more short-term achievable goals.

Recently I came out to my car and it had a dent from someone who had run off without leaving a note. It will be great when those things disappear on their own. —Christine

3 Responses to “Nanotechnology takes on self-repair”

  1. Martin G. Smith Says:

    The buzz which is growing over the possibilities of ‘self healing’ structures is in one way worrying to me. I spend hours, sometimes days instilling the ethic of self responsibility in my crew, most of whom have grown through and fallen from our rapidly forming instant-on, instant-available society.
    While the technology is great and will have many uses, allowing us to abrogate our responsibility for our actions should not be one of them.

    I recently rediscovered a study commissioned be TUV in Germany [http://www.tuv.com/global/en/index.html] in the early 90’s with Avis Corporation. The study involved 50 Mercedes Benz fleet vehicles equipped with pinhole video cameras set at 1 Frame every 3 seconds and located in the headliner above the driver. 25 of the vehicles had the seat-belts removed while the other 25 wer fully equipped. Half way through the study the drivers switched vehicles. What was noticed was the level of attentiveness, assessed as a recognition of the increased risk of peril with the ‘unsafe’ vehicles. What was also noticed was the vehicles with the safety equipment had 3 low speed 2-10 MPH accidents and one moderate speed 11-25 MPH accidents, while the ‘unsafe’ car had 1 accident in the low speed category and 0 in the moderate speed category, all attributed to driver error, over the 6 weeks if the study. There were no high speed accidents.
    I suggest that the study indicates that with the increase in a perception of risk comes an increase in awareness, something I take advantage of in my programming.

    We need, I suggest, while embracing this technology and all its possibilities, never forget that there remains the ultimate responsibility for its capabilities remain ours.

  2. Dundee Says:

    good punchline!

  3. DamianPoirier Says:

    but lets not abandon the research on self-repair it’s very usefull for extraterrestrial robots, EH?

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