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Sixth Industrial Revolution: Molecular Engineering

And so, we can begin to see the outlines of the sixth industrial revolution: moving from micrometre scale devices to nanometre scale devices. Current progress suggests the revolution may happen within this decade, perhaps starting within five years.

Neither the events nor their consequences will be subtle. Suddenly, we'll acquire new capabilities comparable to those of electronics or computers.

What can we make with it? Well, anything we can design and model that's built of atoms. Think about that. And that includes the essential component of the industrial revolution that will follow, perhaps in the same year.

Editor: John Walker