Foresight Update 23.27: Single molecule magnetic memory - July 2, 2009
Discuss these news stories at http://foresight.org/nanodot.
Current-day magnetic memory is already "nanotechnology" under the loose definition, involving 5-nanometer particles of cobalt (having about 50,000 atoms). The authors have shown that a single molecule consisting of a cobalt dimer sitting on top of a benzene ring would have a high enough magnetic anisotropy to store a bit magnetically…
Willow Garage is a research robotics company in Silicon Valley which has a unique mission for a start-up. They are oriented to making an impact on the field of robotics rather than making an immediate profit…
Thus the WG design is very general and very robust, designed to be very hard to break and also fairly safe in the hands of an experimental, buggy, program. It's a gorgeous piece of hardware. In a move that resonates strongly with Foresight, their software is open source…
Train crashes have been happening regularly for over a century. They are not something new that has anything at all to do with AI or machine ethics or any similar concern. They are, however, a reminder that there is something very important that is often overlooked in the popular concern about the increase in technological impact on our lives. And that is that technology already has a huge impact on our lives, and has done since the industrial revolution — and the first, most important concern we must have is to make sure that the technology we have works properly, as intended…
One thing I was at some pains during my recent visit to Willow Garage was the likely impact of Moore's Law on the course of robotics development in the next few years. This is of great interest to a futurist because if computation is a bottleneck, it will be loosened in a well-understood way over the next decade or so, and we will have robots of rapidly-improving capabilities to look forward to over the period…
—Nanodot posts by J. Storrs Hall
July 30, 2009
August 20-22, 2009
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