Welcome to the Nano Revolution.
It's a universe where scientists explore matter on a scale 80,000 times smaller than a human hair. It's a gigantic global laboratory where scientists converge from all disciplines, and dedicate themselves to observing and manipulating the smallest particles in the natural world.
How do you produce a tv series about a technology that's too small to see?
Thirty years ago, new microscopes first opened the doors to this new dimension and allowed scientists to begin moving individual atoms and molecules .This science of the miniscule is already opening up a new world of possibilities.
Nanotechnology has been called "the next technological revolution". It is said to provide groundbreaking solutions to the most serious problems that threaten our future –it promises faster computers, improved security, longer healthier lives and a cleaner earth.
In a series of short dramas, that are interspersed with the documentary content, The Nano Revolution also speculates the philosophical, political and ethical complexities that might arise as the science continues to evolve. How will the new science impact people's lives 30 or 40 years from now?
The invisible revolution of nano technology is already at work in our lives... In this first episode Professor Jim Gimzewski from UCLA introduces us to the world of nanomaterials: to photocatalytic coatings that coat walls and windows, so they automatically clean themselves, and to a manmade nano fibre that is stronger yet lighter than steel .
The episode then explores nano's potential role as invisible intelligence in security devices and the impact of ultimate miniaturization, and networking in computers. In Korea,we meet scientists who are working on nano-electronic tags that will revolutionise the tracking of consumer goods. Japanese physicist Dr. Masakazu Aono, is one of the world's leading nanomaterials scientists and he is now collaborating with Professor Jim Gimzewski in an extraordinarily ambitious project- that seems closer to science fiction than contemporary science-the building of artificial neural systems.