Foresight Update 23.19: A Moore's Law for energy? - May 7, 2009
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Earlier this week I was at the premiere of Transcendent Man, a biographical overview of Ray Kurzweil's views on the coming Singularity. Kurzweil's main argument is that the power of the exponential in technology is major, systemic, and underappreciated. The specific item of interest in this post is Kurzweil's claim, repeated in the movie, that solar energy is on a Moore's Law-like curve with a power/$ doubling time of two years…
In Arthur C. Clarke's classic SF novel Against the Fall of Night, there is a description of the "moving ways", the powered sidewalks on which people rode around the city, as being made of a material that would have baffled an engineer of our own times because it was solid in one direction and liquid in another…
This article over at Ars Technica has a nice overview of some recent work showing that when water is forced through a nanotube of appropriate size, the polar nature of the water molecule lines them up so as to create a voltage along the tube.…
Over at Accelerating Future, Michael Anissimov continues the discussion about nanofactories. He says a number of reasonable things, but then mischaracterizes, or at least greatly oversimplifies, Foresight's position on nanofactories and self-replicating machines in general.…
Over at Accelerating Future, Michael Anissimov has a post about self-replication in which he seems to find it remarkable that Foresight, among others, can view a world containing mechanical replicators with aplomb.…
Two days ago I posted on the development of DNA scaffolding with programmable modules for use in the modular molecular composite nanosystems (MMCNs) route to atomically precise productive nanosystems. Two months ago I posted a story about the incorporation of DNA devices in a DNA scaffolding for the purpose of manipulating molecular building blocks. Two recent publications in Nature Nanotechnology provide more evidence of the growing capability of DNA scaffolds to support complex and interactive functions.…
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