Early applications of nanotechnology have exploited the new properties of matter on the nanoscale, whether these are the simple consequences of increased surface to volume ratio, or more subtle quantum size effects. Increasingly we will see applications of nanoscale systems with considerably more functionality. Some of these systems will exploit the quantum properties of confined electrons and photons in increasingly sophisticated ways, while others will emulate the intricate and unfamiliar mechanisms of cell biology. Many potential applications will help us meet pressing societal needs in areas such as energy and medicine, though attention needs to be paid to the potential risks and the broader societal implications of these technologies in order to retain public support for them.
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