Nanotechnology & Secret Intelligence Services
Do good things really come in small packages?
The pace of exponential technological change is, by definition, growing quickly. Nanotechnology is one of those technologies that has formed an important part of research and development within the various intelligence agencies around the globe. R&D in this area has had substantial investment for many years already, however it is only until relatively recently that the complexity of its use within intelligence has had some traction.
So, what is Nanotechnology?
The official definition, or what is nowadays an 'official' source, namely Wikipedia is:
"...the manipulation of matter with at least one dimension sized from 1 to 100 nanometers. This definition reflects the fact that quantum mechanical effects are important at this quantum-realm scale, and so the definition shifted from a particular technological goal to a research category inclusive of all types of research and technologies that deal with the special properties of matter which occur below the given size threshold..."
This should not be confused with 'nanatechnology' which is the use of bananas in the world of espionage. There is little doubt that the importance of this use of technology has caused huge rifts, or splits. These differences were commonly referred to as nanatechnology rifts or known colloquially as 'banana splits'.