Speaking of robots, check this story out in Next Big Future, a noteworthy blog on accelerating technology. I believe this will prove to be yet another pathway to nanotechnology: The development of much more flexible industrial robots. We may easily presume that this tech will be miniaturized over time until the industrial robots become nanobots:
A new breed of flexible industrial arms is on its way. Almost all major companies in industrial robotics are trying to bring to market a similar kind of robot to cater to the needs of new-age manufacturing. Traditional companies like ABB, KUKA, Yaskawa Motoman and Fanuc are trying to bring their robots out of their cages in a step by step manner of evolution, while new entrants and researchers are trying to build entirely new kinds of revolutionary devices.