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Foresight Update 23.20: Swimming nanomachines - May 14, 2009

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Swimming nanomachines

Harvard researchers have created a new type of microscopic swimmer: a magnetized spiral that corkscrews through liquids and is able to deliver chemicals and push loads larger than itself…

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Why we need Fab

I suspect many readers have seen Neil Gershenfeld's TED talk on fab labs, or read his book. In particular, notice the part where he comments that fabs are following the track of computers, currently in the minicomputer stage. You can see the same progression in my keynote for a SME meeting a couple of years ago (slides pdf), but I use the progression from film to instant to digital photography instead of computing…

Drexler's slides posted

Eric Drexler has posted slides from his keynote talk at the Berkeley Nanotech Forum.
This is an excellent way to get an overview of the Productive Nanosystems Roadmap…

More on Limits to Growth

There was a gratifyingly large response to last Friday's post Acolytes of neo-Malthusian Apocalypticism.
Several of the commenters seemed to think I was trying to refute the LtG model, but that would require a whole book instead of one blog post…

Acolytes of neo-Malthusian Apocalypticism

When I was in college 35 years ago, there was a major fad of neo-Malthusian doom-mongering, led by the "Limits to Growth" book and movement. A retreat was organized from the college, and some concerned, environmentally conscious professors and students, myself included, went off for a concentrated seminar in which we educated each other about all the models and dire predictions of the coming collapse…

Foresight on Fastfowardradio

Foresight President Josh Hall will be the guest of Phil Bowermaster of the Speculist on FastFowardRadio Sunday 5/10/09 at 10PM Eastern (7 Pacific)…

Ink-jet wires for solar cells

Another step along the Moore's Law-like trend line for solar power: Ink-Jet Printing for Cheaper Solar Cells at Technology Review…

—Nanodot posts by J. Storrs Hall

Foresight Events – Lectures

Foresight Lectures

May 28-29, 2009
1st Annual Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence Symposium
Palo Alto, California
Christine Peterson will speak on beneficial medical nanotechnologies.
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June 17-18, 2009
Size Matters 2009: the future fields of application, opportunities and ethical challenges of nanoscience
Saarbrücken, Germany
Christine Peterson will speak on Nanotechnology & Open Source Sensing.
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August 20-22, 2009
Gnomedex: a technology conference of inspiration and influence
Seattle, Washington
Christine Peterson will speak on life extension.
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Foreseeing Future Technologies

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