Foresight Update 23.25: Nanomachinery goes mainstream - June 18, 2009
Discuss these news stories at http://foresight.org/nanodot.
This Physorg story gives the details, hat tip to Sander Olsen…
Scientists from A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), led by Professor Christian Joachim, have scored a breakthrough in nanotechnology by becoming the first in the world to invent a molecular gear of the size of 1.2nm whose rotation can be deliberately controlled…
Brian Wang over at Next Big Future has an article about improving the properties of aluminum as a structural material by filling with buckytubes, the way plastics are made stronger by filling by fiberglass…
About a month ago, the web was all agog over the announcement of DARPA's Physical Intelligence program — Wired wrote:
The idea behind Darpa's latest venture, called "Physical Intelligence" (PI) is to prove, mathematically, that the human mind is nothing more than parts and energy. In other words, all brain activities — reasoning, emoting, processing sights and smells — derive from physical mechanisms at work, acting according to the principles of "thermodynamics in open systems." …
One of the constraints laid down by DARPA at the recent Physical Intelligence proposers workshop was that the model of intelligence that was to be proposed had to have a physical implementation. It seemed odd to some of the attendees that this should be a hard constraint, since many models of intelligence have a perfectly reasonable implementation as software …
Last week I posted a story of strange behavior in the simulation of molecular machines.
One commenter asked if this was due to something unusual in the starting configuration of the atoms. This was the first thing we investigated, and didn't seem to be the case…
—Nanodot posts by J. Storrs Hall
July 30, 2009
August 20-22, 2009
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