Foresight Update 49

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A publication of the Foresight Institute

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Special Thanks to Our Corporate Sponsors of the
Tenth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, 10-13 October 2002

Gold Level Sponsors

Sun Microsystems

Founded in 1982 by four idealistic young pioneers with a shared vision of decentralized, heterogenous computing systems, Sun Microsystems, Inc. has emerged as a global Fortune 500 leader in enterprise network computing, with over $8 billion in revenues and operations in 150 countries.

Zyvex Corporation

Zyvex Corporation is the first molecular nanotechnology company. We are taking an assembly-based systems approach to integrating macro, micro, and nanodevices to the real world. Our mission is to be the industry leader in adaptable, affordable, molecular-scale manufacturing. Founded in 1997, Zyvex is creating a microsystem assembler, capable of handling and assembling a variety of micro-scale parts.

Silver Level Sponsors

Foley & Lardner

Founded in 1842, Foley & Lardner is one of the oldest and largest law firms in America. The firm has more than 750 attorneys in 14 offices nationwide practicing in five departments: Business Law, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Regulatory, and Tax and Individual Planning. The firm's highly skilled intellectual property attorneys and law clerks constitute one of the largest and most sophisticated technology groups in an integrated, general-practice law firm in the United States. The list of clients using Foley & Lardner to fill their intellectual property legal needs ranges from small entrepreneurial start-up companies to large international and multinational corporations. Foley & Lardner attorneys provide solutions and successfully service the needs of clients around the world.

Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin

Howard Rice is a full-service law firm with creative lawyers who solve complex problems every day. We have built our nationwide reputation through anticipating and responding quickly to our clients' needs with innovative solutions. We have over 140 attorneys in San Francisco, serving clients in the United States and worldwide, dealing with every kind of problem, including startup businesses, intellectual property, e-commerce, venture capital, securities, international transactions, financial services and complex litigation.


Sughrue Mion PLLC

We protect ideas - all ideas - and for nearly half a century we have been helping our clients develop, obtain, protect and leverage property rights borne of their intellectual capital. From a submicroscopic sequence of DNA to a vast constellation of satellites circling the globe, from publicity rights to the goodwill of a universally known brand, this is the universe of ideas we explore. And when it comes to serving our clients, we go beyond traditional boundaries, advocating innovative theories and redefining the frontiers of law as they apply to creativity and invention.

Bronze Level Sponsors

Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN),
American Scientific Publishers

Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine. JNN publishes original research articles, short communications and timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography. For more information, please visit JNN website at

Contributing Sponsor

Texas Nanotechnology Initiative

The Texas Nanotechnology Initiative is a consortium of industries, universities, government agencies, venture capitalists, and individuals whose goal is to establish Texas as a world leader in the discoveries, development and commercialization of nanotechnology.

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Stock Donations to Foresight: A Win–Win

Donate stock that's appreciated in value. This is a win–win move. Donate stock and you won't have to pay capital gains taxes on the profits, and the full value of the stock can be deducted as a charitable donation.

For example, say you own $10,000 worth of stock that you originally bought for $3,000. If you sell it now, you'll pay tax on the $7,000 profit. (If you're in the 28 percent federal tax bracket, and qualify for the 20 percent long-term capital gains rate, you'd pay $1,400 in tax. That reduces the $10,000 to $8,600.) But if you give your $10,000 worth of unsold stocks to a charity, the IRS kindly lets you claim a tax deduction for the full $10,000. At the 28% tax bracket that works out to a $2,800 deduction.

It's quick, it's easy, it helps Foresight.

  • Instruct your broker to transfer stock to Foresight through our broker, Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, 200 Crescent Court, Suite 500, Dallas TX 75201-6959, Foresight Institute Account 5XJ-110901. If you need to process a direct stock transfer between banks you will need the following information: Pershing LLC DTC 0443 - For the account of Foresight Institute Acct Number 5XJ-110901. Our investment representatives there are Todd Clendening and Kris Humphrey, phone 800-527-3903.
  • Please notify the Foresight office by email or phone (650-917-1122) and let us know what stock you've donated, as our broker is unable to tell where arriving stock gifts have come from.

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Credits and Kudos

Christine PetersonChris Peterson
Foresight Institute President

Congratulations and thanks to the winners of this year's Foresight Volunteer Awards, given at the recent Foresight Gathering: John Bashinski for a wide variety of contributions, from technical to strategic; Robert A. Freitas, Jr., author of the book Nanomedicine, for his ongoing work on that topic published on the Foresight website (one of the most popular parts of our site); Norma Peterson, who staffs every possible Foresight conference; and Fred Stitt, the first publisher of Foresight Update.

Special thanks go to the speakers at the Gathering, the final list of whom can be seen on the program posted on the web. Working above and beyond the call of duty were emcee Tom Bell and our stalwart group of volunteers: Stephanie Corchnoy, Rebecca Heyman, Jeff Johnson, Dave Krieger, Chip McGuire, Norma Peterson, and Tihamer "Tee" Toth-Fejel.

More special thanks go to the corporate sponsors of that event: Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Alameda Capital, Ark Venture Partners, and Libraria. We urge you to bring your nanotech startup proposals to the first three, and watch for products announcements from the last.

Thanks go to the many conference organizers who invite Foresight speakers to address their audiences, including the NanoBusiness Alliance, Nanotech Planet, Conference on the Future of Engineering Software, and the World Technology Network. To see lists of upcoming and recent talks, select the "Lectures" link on the Foresight home page.

Special thanks go to Senior Associates Suren Erkman and John Walker for sending information on nanotech in Switzerland needed for my talk at the "Swiss Nanotechnology Meets Silicon Valley" Roadshow.

Ongoing thanks to our hardworking Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology chairs, Susan Sinnott and James Spencer, and the tutorial chairs Chris Gorman and Ralph Merkle. Don't miss this great event in October in Bethesda, Maryland.

Ongoing thanks to all those who submit information to Foresight, especially those who are able to take the time to send that information to in the preferred standard format — this is greatly appreciated.

— Christine Peterson, President – Foresight Institute

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Foresight Institute

Purpose and Policy

Foresight Institute's goal is to guide emerging technologies to improve the human condition. Foresight focuses its efforts upon nanotechnology and upon systems that will enhance knowledge exchange and critical discussion, thus improving public and private policy decisions.

Foresight Institute recognizes that nanotechnology — like all pivotal technologies — brings both potential perils and benefits. To help achieve the advantages and avoid the dangers, Foresight's policy is to prepare for nanotechnology by:

  • promoting understanding of nanotechnology and its effects;
  • informing the public and decision makers;
  • developing an organizational base for addressing nanotechnology-related issues and communicating openly about them; and,
  • actively pursuing beneficial outcomes of nanotechnology, including improved economic, social and environmental conditions.

Foresight Institute recognizes that sound public and private policy can be built only upon a solid foundation of knowledge and tested ideas. Humanity needs better methods to exchange knowledge, and to subject new ideas to effective intellectual scrutiny. Foresight thus supports the development of new systems and technologies that will lead to better dissemination of information and analysis of proposed policies. This is crucial in addressing emerging technologies. When nanotechnology is realized, it will trigger widespread social and economic change, for which public and private policy must now prepare.

Nanotechnology will allow control of the structure of matter within the broad limits set by physical laws. Other limits will be necessary to prevent abuses by individuals, groups and nations bent upon undesirable ends. Global competitive forces and continuing progress in molecular sciences will lead ultimately to the realization of nanotechnology. Foresight seeks to ensure that nanotechnology, when developed, will be used to improve conditions in the broadest sense, rather than for destructive or narrow purposes. Nanotechnology must be developed openly to serve the general welfare and the continued realization of the human potential.



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From Foresight Update 49, originally published August 2002.