|The concept of evil nanobots with the capacity to kill humans has come up again and again in science fiction.|
Ultimately, nanotechnology isn't itself inherently positive or negative, but rather exists as a tool in a collective global context. As Jim Gimzewski points out, nanoparticles are added to food products in ways that may or may not be harmful, and that we have current little understanding of. That being said, nanotechnology does have astounding medical applications, and may be instrumental in new forms of cancer treatment (Conger). Even in the arts there is a schism of sorts, with some artists using nanotechnology to speculate on disastrous or dystopian futures, and others using nanotechnology itself in order to create art.
|A bucky ball surrounding the earth - a reflection of the way that, for the better or not, nanotechnology has taken the world by storm.|
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