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Foresight Update 25.11—November 16, 2012
ISSN 1078-9731

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The 2013 Foresight Technical Conference
Illuminating Atomic Precision
January 11-13, 2013
Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Palo Alto, CA
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Conference Spotlight On –

ATOMIC SCALE DEVICES
Chair John Randall, Zyvex Labs

This session will explore the emerging science and technology of top down controlled, atomically precise fabrication and some of the devices are enabled by this technology. The session will start with an introduction to the area by John Randall who will describe efforts at Zyvex Labs to develop atomically and absolutely precise manufacturing tools and will suggest atomic precision will start with nanoscale objects but will be able to scale up to have a much wider impact.

Leonard Grill will present some of the fantastic science that can be done with atomic precision research tools. Prof. Moriarty will cover some of the science and technology of one of the primary tools used for top down atomic precision the Scanning Tunneling Microscope. Joe Lyding, a pioneer of H depassivation lithography, a technique central to many of the efforts involving scalable atomic precision patterning will describe that technology and some of the technologically significant spin-offs. Bob Wolkow will describe an exciting application of this lithography, atomic scale quantum dot cellular automata which would provide outrageously low power computing. Ezra Bussmann and Gerhard Klimeck will describe, respectively, the experimental approach and the modeling of atomic scale P in Si quantum computing technology. Finally, Neil Sarkar will present an approach to dramatically scaling up the throughput of tip based atomic scale fabrication via smart MEMS nanopositioning scanners.

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Nanotech News

Discuss these news stories at http://foresight.org/nanodot.

In this issue:

Writing a single-atom qubit in silicon

One of the major applications currently driving the development of atomically precise manufacturing technologies is the quest for a quantum computer (see for example, this PDF "Atomically Precise, No Interface, Device Regime Workshop"). Another group of Australian researchers has achieved another milestone in this quest …

More complex circuits for synthetic biology lead toward engineered cells

One possible pathway from current technology to advanced nanotechnology that will comprise atomically precise manufacturing implemented by atomically precise machinery is through adaptation and extension of the complex molecular machine systems evolved by biology. Synthetic biology, which engineers new biological systems and function not evolved in nature, is an intermediate stage along this path. An article on KurzweilAI-net describes a recent achievement by MIT scientists in constructing a synthetic genetic circuit that …

The potentially world-changing research that no one knows about

Imagine that there exists a two-dimensional (single-layer) crystal that is made of a commonly available element, is stronger than steel yet lighter weight and flexible, displays ballistic electron mobility (for comparison, two orders of magnitude greater mobility than silicon, at room temperature), and is sufficiently optically active to see with the naked eye (though far more practically, using an optical microscope). …

Shape may play an important role in nanoparticle-based therapeutics

Nanoparticle-based research remains at the forefront of nanoscale approaches to targeted drug delivery and gene therapy …

Biological molecular motors programmed to run DNA chasis

Among the recommendations of the 2007 Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems is the development of modular molecular composite nanosystems (MMCNs), such as systems in which million-atom-scale DNA frameworks are used to organize various functional molecular components in ways to accomplish specific functions, eventually including atomically precise manufacturing. A step in this direction was taken by Harvard University scientists who used a DNA origami framework as a chasis on which to assemble and test the biological molecular motors that maintain subcellular organization in eukaryotic cells through the organized transport of various molecular cargos. …

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis and Stephanie C

Foresight Events and News

Foresight Lectures

Humanity+ 2012 Conference

"Writing the Future"
December 1-2, 2012
San Francisco, California

Christine Peterson will speak on nanotechnology and longevity.
Abstract: Nanotech Revolution of Life Extension

The 2013 Foresight Technical Conference
Illuminating Atomic Precision

January 11-13, 2013
Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Palo Alto, CA USA

Conference Co-Chairs
Larry S. Millstein, President, Foresight Institute
J. Fraser Stoddart, Board of Trustees Professor, Northwestern University

Diamond Sponsor: The Thiel Foundation
Silver Sponsors: Autodesk, Zyvex Labs
Bronze Sponsor: Millen, White, Zelano & Branigan, PC

Over 30 leading researchers will present reviews and results on a wide range of research relating to atomic and molecularly precise devices and materials, and their fabrication. The conference will provide an unusually heterogeneous mix of speakers and participants, serving as a catalyst for interdisciplinary dialog and productive collaboration.

Sessions include –

Atomic Scale Devices
Session Chair: John Randall, Zyvex Labs

Molecular Machines and Non-Equillibriun Processes
Session Chair: J. Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University

Self Organizing and Adaptive Systems
Session Chair: Lee Cronin, Glasgow University

Commercially Implemented Single Molecule Technologies
Session Chair: SteveTurner, Pacific Biosciences

Computation and Molecular Nanotechnologies
Session Chair: Alex Wissner-Gross, Harvard and MIT

Additional speakers will include the Feynman Prize winners for Theory and for Experiment for both 2011 and 2012, and the winners of the Feynman Student Prizes for 2011 and 2012.

From John Randall, Chair, Session on Atomic Scale Devices, one example of what to expect:
This session will explore the emerging science and technology of top down controlled, atomically precise fabrication and some of the devices are enabled by this technology. The session will start with an introduction to the area by John Randall who will describe efforts at Zyvex Labs to develop atomically and absolutely precise manufacturing tools and will suggest atomic precision will start with nanoscale objects but will be able to scale up to have a much wider impact.

Leonard Grill will present some of the fantastic science that can be done with atomic precision research tools. Prof. Moriarty will cover some of the science and technology of one of the primary tools used for top down atomic precision the Scanning Tunneling Microscope. Joe Lyding, a pioneer of H depassivation lithography, a technique central to many of the efforts involving scalable atomic precision patterning will describe that technology and some of the technologically significant spin-offs. Bob Wolkow will describe an exciting application of this lithography, atomic scale quantum dot cellular automata which would provide outrageously low power computing. Ezra Bussmann and Gerhard Klimeck will describe, respectively, the experimental approach and the modeling of atomic scale P in Si quantum computing technology. Finally, Neil Sarkar will present an approach to dramatically scaling up the throughput of tip based atomic scale fabrication via smart MEMS nanopositioning scanners.

For the full conference schedule, detailed information on sessions, speakers and talks, and how to register use the following links --

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Foresight Youth Outreach
Summer/Fall 2012 Essay Contest & Literature Program

Foresight is targeting the top 300 science, engineering, & entrepreneurially-oriented college clubs, high school STEM teachers, & gifted youth programs across the country … and connecting them with great ideas & people!

We're sending bright young minds the following books by speakers, advisors, & supporters of the Foresight community (organizations sponsoring individual book donations are in parentheses):

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think - Peter Diamandis (XPrize Foundation)
Engines of Creation - K Eric Drexler (Foresight Institute)
Imagine Design Create - Tom Wujec (AutoDesk)
The Singularity Is Near - Ray Kurzweil (KurzweilAI, SingularityU)
Ending Aging - Aubrey deGrey (SENS Foundation)
100+ - Sonia Arrison (Thiel Foundation)
Global Catastrophic Risks - Nick Bostrom (FHI, Singularity Institute)
NanoScience Education, WorkForce Training, and K12 Resources - Miguel Aznar/Judith Lightfeather (Foresight - for STEM HS)

We're also planning an inspiring Essay Contest that incentivizes students to read, reflect, & connect with our communities! Supporting sister organizations such as Space Frontier Foundation, Humanity+, SENS, and 20Under20+ are also putting promotional material in book-boxes.

We need your help to make this pilot a success.
Most books came in as physical donations, but this is a bootstrapped project; we're still seeking funds to support the financial incentive prizes, student conference tickets, & remaining books being shipped in this week. If you'd like to help maximize this project's leverage, please contribute!

For more information, contact foresightATforesight.org


Bay Area Dinner Lectures Resume Fall 2013

Foresight had some great dinner lectures this spring from speakers such as 100+ author Sonia Arrison and Harvard Fellow/MIT Media Lab Affiliate Alex Wissner-Gross. We will be taking a break this summer; but we will resume in the Fall.

Other Upcoming Activities of Interest

A future issue of Update will report on the FNANO conference held this Spring at Snowbird.

Macro- and Supramolecular Architectures and Materials (MAM-12)

November 21-25, 2012
Coimbatore, India

Novel materials will play a key role in science and technology in the 21st century.

Printed Electronics USA 2012

December 5-6, 2012
Santa Clara, CA USA

Printed Electronics is one of the fastest growing technologies in the world. This event, the World's largest on the topic and growing rapidly every year, is your information and networking hub on the topic. Printed Electronics USA is co-located with the Photovoltaics IDTechEx event.

Nanotech Conference & Expo 2013

May 12-16, 2013
Washington, DC USA

Don't miss this year in Washington, D.C. as we deliver the World's top innovations and the Nation's leading R&D agency programs!

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