How popular will "nanotechnology" be in the future, will Apple be involved!

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  1. Dekema2 macrumors 6502a

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    The reason I've asked this question is because a university I know makes it easy to switch to this major, and it seems intriguing to me. The only problem I see is that not many companies and businesses have adopted nanotechnology/nanoengineering so it is still in the research phases. Regardless, do you think it will be a high demand career field in the future, and if I could chose a related field as my major, should I?
     
  2. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    Its got to be a good field to go into. How could it not be? Everybody wants things to be smaller and smaller (except for tvs and TWSS stuff).

    On the other hand, it will lead to the borg takeover.
     
  3. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    This is how you're going to choose your major? By appealing to us?
     
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

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    You should at least do some basic reading on the field.

    For example, start with Drexler's "Engines of Creation". If it sounds like something that might happen in the next 10-20 years, realize that the book was published in 1986, i.e. almost 30 years ago. How much of what it describes has happened?

    There are nanotech engineering jobs, but they aren't primarily nanotech. Instead, they're engineering or research at a nanoscale. For example, membranes with nano-scale holes that allow hydrogen ions to pass but block other molecules. That's going to be a chemical or materials engineer.

    I'm not saying nanotech won't happen, but predicting a timeline for it is nearly impossible. To paraphrase what someone once said of practical everyday AI (artificial intelligence), it's a technology that's been a decade away for the past half century.
     
  5. Dekema2 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That last part is interesting.

    Well, not really. I just know there are folks like you guys who've joined this place 10-12 years ago and may possibly have an iota of wisdom.

    I'll look for a copy of this book. It seems intriguing.

    I just think I could be in a position to be able to choose where I'd like to take my career.
     
  6. Fzang macrumors 65816

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    Most of nanotechnology is still centered strongly around academic basic research. Unless you have a background in a core subject such as biochemistry or physics I wouldn't recommend going the nano route, unless you're very interested in basic research and plan on going that route. It might be a tough sell if you want to do more, as companies prefer to hire people with a certain focus.
     
  7. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Well, there's nothing wrong with asking around, although it is difficult to judge the quality of advice you may receive on the internet. chown33's suggestion to read books sounds pretty solid though.

    I suppose you may try to engage some of your professors on their outlook, although you should have in mind (in some broad sense) the kind of career you're considering.

    Choosing a major seems to be a question I wouldn't pose to the world at large though. You're best positioned to choose what you'll study!
     

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