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News and Updates
Video from our last salon is out!
Civilizational Collapse: Scenarios, Prevention, Responses - was held June 24th 2019 with Dr. David Denkenberger & Jeffrey Ladish in conversation with Allison Dman in San Francisco.
Jeffrey Ladish - Mitigating Uncertainty in Collapse Scenarios 3:25
Dr. David Denkenberger - Collapse Scenarios & Interventions 19:37
Q&A with both speakers 41:35 ... See MoreSee Less
Accelerate your work - join the Foresight Fellowship! Deadline for applications is July 15th.
Apply here: forms.gle/uDX4Cu98hJom6x4M7
The Foresight Fellowship is an exclusive one year supportive program committed to giving change-makers the support and mentorship to accelerate their bold ideas into the future.
Our mission is to catalyze collaboration among leading young scientists, engineers, and innovators who are working on emerging new technologies that have the power to transform society. Since 1993 Foresight Institute has been rewarding those who are making strides in the field of Nanotechnology with the Feynman Prize. In 2016, one of our former Feynman Prize winners, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work with molecular machines. Foresight Institute recognizes that providing a strong network and knowledge base for new fellows to access will accelerate their missions and reflect our goals to further support those making important strides in a variety of fields.
During the 1 year program, fellows will be invited to engage in events, connect to fellows and mentors, and increase their skills to succeed with their endeavors.
Watch the fellowship 2018 video here: youtu.be/9MSvyrSGiHU ... See MoreSee Less
Join Zarinah Agnew to Prototype Social Structures for the Future, July 10th in San Francisco - mailchi.mp/foresight/your-invite-to-zarinah-agnew-on-prototyping-social-structures-for-the-future... ... See MoreSee Less
I hope it's not socialist ideas... like using force, steal and murder create social structures
Thank you to everyone who attended Civilizational Collapse: Scenarios, Prevention, Responses and to our speakers Jeffrey Ladish and David Denkenberger for making this neglected but crucial topic accessible and even actionable.
Videos of the presentations and Q&A will follow soon.
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CONGRATULATIONS to our fellow Grigory Tikhomirov (Greg Ti) who was awarded the 2019 Robert Dirks Molecular Programming Prize, which recognizes exceptional early-career achievement by a researcher working in molecular programming.
"The 2019 Robert Dirks Molecular Programming Prize was awarded to Dr. Grigory Tikhomirov of the California Institute of Technology for his work engineering hierarchical, disordered, and reconfigurable programmable nanostructures, demonstrating principles for scaling up structural complexity, trading off deterministic control for structural diversity, and implementing autonomous structural reconfiguration. Greg performed this research as a postdoctoral scholar under the supervision of Dr. Lulu Qian at the California Institute of Technology."
isnsce.org/2019/06/10/robert-dirks-molecular-programming-prize-2019-dr-grigory-tikhomirov/ ... See MoreSee Less
Join Nobel chemist Fraser Stoddart on Molecular Machines: Apply now - mailchi.mp/foresight/join-nobel-chemist-fraser-stoddart-on-molecular-machines-apply-now ... See MoreSee Less
“we are still losing 500,000 a week silently and forever to aging. Until there is progress, urgency makes sense.” -- Dr. Joon Yun
We’re striving to build a continuous community around progress in longevity -- and had a wonderful time doing so last Thursday.
The goal of the evening was to update each other on new longevity projects and find opportunities for collaboration.
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Truly excellent talk on tackling climate destabilization -- by Tom Chi at "Healing the Planet", Foresight's most recent technical competition.
Apply to the next technical competition in September:
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