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What About Carbon Makes It So Important to Nanotechnology

Carbon is a critical element to plant and animal life, while simultaneously found in many non-biological compounds as well. If we are thinking about the future, and thinking about the cutting-edge science being done today that will change our lives forever, we have to understand the role that carbon will play, as well as some of its fundamental characteristics. In short, we've got to talk "carbon"!

Taking a look at a Periodic Table, we can see that carbon is in Period (row) 2, and Group 14. umber of 6, as well as an atomic weight of 12.01 amu (atomic mass units). Our take away from that is as follows: because Carbon has an atomic number of 6, we know that it has 6 protons (6 positively charged subatomic particles), and if Carbon is in its neutral state, having a charge of 0 (a/k/a having no charge), it has 6 electrons (6 negatively charged subatomic particles) as well. Its atomic mass of 12.01 amu is the sum of the masses of all the protons, electrons and neutrons (subatomic particles with no charge) in a single Carbon atom.

Now, lets talk about bonding. A chemical bond (H 2 O, CH2O - formaldehyde, and C6H12O6, glucose) is created when two atoms decide to share electrons with each other. In other words, in water, Oxygen shares one electron with one Hydrogen and another electron with another Hydrogen, creating H2O. The electrons they are sharing are called valence electrons. Valence electrons are electrons that exist in the outer shell of atoms, as those are the only electrons that can be shared. There is much more to say on the electronic structure of a given atom, but for our purposes, let's stick with the concept of one valence electron of one atom bonding with one valence electron of another atom to create a bond.

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Nope, not in the least.computational

by JiminyCrickets

Advancement is not science fiction. Nanotechnology is no science fiction.
Database supercomputers are not science fiction.
The scale of quantum computing is not science fiction.
10 years ago Stephen Hawking wrote
"At the moment, computers show no sign of intelligence. This is not surprising, because our present computers are less complex than the brain of an earthworm. But it seems to me that if very complicated chemical molecules can operate in humans to make them intelligent, then equally complicated electronic circuits can also make computers act in an intelligent way

You haven't done enough investigating

by JiminyCrickets

We have no idea what consciousness is or when it takes place. The mega computer centers will be as large as New York City and be stationed out in space performing multiple quintillion computation per millisecond.
Dwarfing human computation - in fact dwarfing the entire human population of computation by many trillion fold.
Humans are a threatened species and we are unwittingly creating the predator.
Once nanotechnology starts building the nano components you will see a drastic rise in computational quota.

Nanotubes Increase Solar PV Conductivity 100 Million-Fold  — Sourceable
Carbon-based nanostructures are already being used as materials in solar cells with increasing frequency, yet their ability to enhance electrical performance has thus far been hampered by limited ability to assemble orderly networks using the materials.

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