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Why these microscopic robots will terminate two industries.

What's "nanotechnology" anyway?

According to the National Nanotechnology Initiatives website, nanotechnology is "the study and application of extremely small things [robots] and can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering." This field of study, still in its infancy, is already sparking quite a bit of controversy, and its not that difficult to see why. The repercussions this developing science will bring with it will not outweigh the benefits it has the ability to create. In fact, it will be the end of two industries America has been trying to re-energize over the past few years.

The Destruction of America's Industries

An article pertaining to the advantages and disadvantages of nanotechnology found on Nanogloss.com states that "in the list of disadvantages of this science and its development is the possible loss of jobs in the traditional farming and manufacturing industry." These industries have been the ones that government officials have been trying for the past few years redevelop. They've fallen into a slump have been trying to get back up since the recession in 2008. There are 225,720 people in the agriculture industry and 1,709,990 people in the manufacturing industry, to date. By developing nanotechnology further, it means that a total of 1,935,710 men and women will be unemployed. (Bureau of Labor Statistics) Where will these Americans go? Our unemployment services cannot afford to take care of all of them and our nation has high unemployment rates as it is. These are the only jobs American industry hasn't moved to foreign countries, and we are going to replace these invaluable men and women with robots? That's a low blow, America.

"The lack of money is the root of all evil." - Mark Twain

The article found on Nanogloss.com also states that "nanotechnology is very expensive and developing it can cost you a lot of money . . . products with nanotechnology are more expensive." Universities, private corporations, and, yes, the government have been tightening their belts since the recession in 2008 and don't appear to be stopping anytime soon. There is little money to be spent in the upkeep of vital infrastructure, let alone to fund this sort of research. If there is no demand, why create a supply? Everyone is cutting corners, leaving no room for a market of this size. The advancements this science can create are marvelous to say the least, but it is impractical to put them into the real world. There is just not enough money.

Now, For The Rebuttal

While nanotechnology does have the ability to bring achievement into both the agriculture and manufacturing industries by producing more durable materials and improving farming practices (Nanogloss.com), these little machines will be taking the jobs of the men and women already working on these projects. Instead of outsourcing these jobs to India and China, in the fashion of many well-to-do companies trying to save a buck, we'll be outsourcing to microscopic robots. Robots who are junk compared to the power of the human mind. Robots who cannot laugh, feel, fix their own mistakes, love, create solutions and change the world. Have people become that invaluable?

Where Do We Go From Here?

Nanotechnology is threatening to remove the job market that has shaped America since the start of our nation in the 18th century. It means to take jobs from the skilled men and women who've been working to keep this country moving forward for generations. This science has the power to give the world lasting solutions. But, put into the wrong hands or developed without humanity in mind, could cause a world of hurt. I leave you with the words of Stan Lee, "With great power, comes great responsibility." We are responsible for the future of our nation. That is something we can never forget.

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Fly-shaped Nano-robot. Digital image. Youtube.com. Prabhjeet Kaptaan, 27 Feb. 2013. Web. 5 Feb. 2014. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlYIex2TF5g>.


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