Nanotechnology Enables Real Atomic Precision is the title of a piece by Susan Smith in Desktop Engineering, which includes comments by longtime Foresight Senior Associates Steve Vetter and Tihamer Toth-Fejel:
While nanotechology might mean different things to different people, the term was originally coined to describe the building of things from the bottom up with atomic precision. That, says Steve Vetter, CEO of Molecular Manufacturing Enterprises of Saint Paul, MN, means “a place for every atom and every atom in its place.”
It covers both bottom-up and top-down approaches and closes:
Many different nanotechnologies are converging on the same basic concept—to control not just trillions, but kilogram quantities of atoms—and make them atomically precise.