The 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to three scientists that created the first human-made molecular machines!
Recognition of the potential molecular machines have for the future technology and research is an important milestone. It will provide support to the research filed with new engineered molecular machines to come.
Molecular machines are widespread in nature: most of the critical processes in the living organisms are facilitated by biological molecular machines our understanding of which is still limited. I believe that it is the combination of our ability in making more and more complex molecular machines on one hand and deeper understanding of the complexity of the biological molecular machines on the other will eventually lead to development of the true nanorobots capable of performing sophisticated and controlled processes on molecular scale.
One day hypothetical Maxwell daemon will become a reality in the service to a humankind.