Life might have gotten a boost from tiny pores in hot rocks. http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/02/life-might-have-gotten-a-boost-from-tiny-pores-in-hot-rocks/
Our languages are a block-chain preserving a record of the cognitive jumps and technological developments as paleo humanity spread across Europe.
Long technical read, but fascinating.
Whatever the marketing said, I never really counted non-stick toilet bowls or “exfoliating nano-beads” as Nanotechnology. This however seems to be the real deal.