Nano Korea 2017: a look into the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Friday, July 14th, 2017
Nano Korea 2017

Nano Korea 2017, an event featuring many innovative technologies that will lead the way to the future’s 4th industrial revolution, opened at KINTEX, in Goyang, Korea on July 12th. This event will feature presentations from many respected scientists and representatives from famous companies and will run until this Friday, July 14th. It features a series of smaller conferences as well as an exhibition consisting of a total of 346 companies from 12 countries.

On the first day, the meetings, lasting from 9:00 to 17:45, consisted of 40 minute long presentations followed by about 5 minutes of question sessions. The presentations featured many topics that were loosely focused on the area of nanotechnology. The presentations ranged from biological DNA origami aimed to someday potentially creating microscopic structures to aid the human body -- to technology concerning 3D super-resolution imaging of live-cells, involving nanoparticles.

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There are also a total of 4 Keynote sessions in the event. One such session was given by Sung Wook Park, who holds a Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering and is the current Vice Chairman and CEO of SK Hynix, the second largest memory chip maker in the world. In his Keynote, he talked about how “future memory technology will be driven by nanomaterials and the growing need for diverse applications.” He then talked about how the amount of cloud data, along with the market, is growing exponentially, and that the optimal trend of technology is to make them smaller in size, faster in performance, and stronger in power. The dilemma of this, he argues, is that while the easiest way to heighten performance is to increase the amount of electricity used, his customers want the heightened performance as well as compact size. According to Vice Chairman Park, this will require breakthroughs, and that in the future new memories will have new applications, just like PRAMs that are used in computers and IT technology. He also observes that the 4th Industrial Revolution’s trend will focus mostly on Artificial Intelligence and Ubiquitous Computing. He ended his keynote session by stating, firmly, that the memory market will continue to grow.

A visit to the event will leave you awed with the amount of technology and innovation that these dedicated scientists have worked for, as well as give you a sense of what information is critical to future technology.

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