Foresight Update 23.10: Forward to the past - March 5, 2009
Discuss these news stories at http://foresight.org/nanodot.
How well would someone in the "aughts" have predicted the 20th century by reading, say, Popular Mechanics? …
A sawing and annealing process that creates regular nanoscale features on the surface of a sapphire crystal promises a way of making nanotech memories of up to 10 Terabits per square inch without the need of photolithography…
Those interested in the economic-trends style of futurism will enjoy 'How the Crash Will Reshape America' in the Atlantic. For background you might look at this 2006 essay by Paul Graham — they both embody some of the same theory of innovation as a driver to urban (or perhaps regional) vitality…
This the fifth essay in a series exploring if, when, and how the Singularity will happen, why (or why not) we should care, and what, if anything, we should do about it.
Part V: AIs: smarter or just faster?
One of the primary phenomena invoked in the notion that the Singularity will come with an event horizon is that as self-improving AIs take off into higher intelligence, they will be not just like ordinary people with faster clock speeds, but they will be like smarter people.…
The discovery that nitrogen-doped, metal-free carbon nanotubes make better electrodes than do platinum nanoparticles may open the way for inexpensive nanotech fuel cells…
A host of nanotech applications should benefit from the demonstration that an atomic force microscope (AFM) can be used to write and erase two-nanometer-thick conducting lines at the interface between atomic layers of two different metal oxide insulators…
April 2, 2009
June 17-18, 2009
Advancements in technologies such as nanotech, robotics, and biotech are promising to make major differences in our lives in the not-too-distant future, as the Industrial Revolution did to the agrarian world — to do for the physical world what the computer and Internet have done to the world of information.
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