There has been much debate on the future implications of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology has the potential to create many new materials and devices with avast range of applications, such as in medicine, electronics and energy production. On the other hand, nanotechnology raises many of the same issues as with any introduction of newtechnology, including concerns about the toxicity and environmental impact of nanomaterials, and their potential effects on global economics, as well as speculation about variousdoomsday scenarios. These concerns have led to a debate among advocacy groups and governments on whether special regulation of nanotechnology is warranted.
• According to a report by a groupof researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada, the fifteen most promising applications of nanotechnology are:
Production and energy conversion.
Weaponry and defense systems.Agricultural production.
Water treatment and remediation.
Diagnosis and screening for disease.
Drug delivery systems.
Remediation of air pollution.Construction.
Detection and control of pests.
Control of malnutrition in poor places.
Genetically engineered foods.
Molecular thermal changes (Nanotermología).