synopsis

 

Small Wonder is a feature length documentary film exploring the burgeoning field of Nanotechnology. The film is a general audience look at this fast developing and potentially paradigm-shifting science. The producer intends to interview leading minds in the field, explore the "state-of-the-art" as it is today, and discuss the technological, business, political, and societal implications. Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter at the molecular level. This basic and applied research is being conducted in corporations large and small, in government labs and graduate schools, by the military and by private industry, and is advancing at a breakneck pace. The first applications in material science have yielded new composites for sporting goods, and pants that donít stain, products that may be considered novelty items, perhaps, but are merely the tip of the iceberg. The next wave of nanotechnology advancement will forever alter the world in which we live, not unlike the discovery of electricity, or the invention of the transistor. There are many potential benefits of nanotechnology, including reduced pollution, limitless resources for creation of goods, medical break-throughs and clean, limitless energy production, to list but a few. This new and fast developing technology also raises important questions about environmental and public safety, national security, decentralization of manufacturing and distribution, human longevity, questions that the public is scarcely aware of, let alone has an opinion about. These issues will be explored in this entertaining and thought provoking film.

 

NANO-ART "Infinity" 2004 Cris Orfescu, used by permission