Policy Background

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Foresight Briefings

Foresight Briefings present more in-depth treatment of topics of special interest.

Briefing 1: “Studying Nanotechnology”

Briefing 2: “Nanotechnology and Enabling Technologies”

Briefing 3: “What Next? Nanotechnology for Manufacturing”

Briefing 4: “Synthesis Paradigm”

Briefing 5: “Call for National Nanotechnology Initiative”

 

Foresight Background 

Foresight Background includes essays, question-and-answer sets, reference information, and other materials not expected to date rapidly. 

Background 0: “Nanotechnology and Organizations”

Background 1: “Abrupt Change, Nonsense, Nobels, and Other Topics”

Background 2: “Accidents, Malice, Progress, and Other Topics”

Background 3: “Dialog, Exploratory Engineering, Bioarchive”

Background 4: “The Weapon of Openness

 

Foresight Presentations

The following links are to presentations either made by Foresight Nanotech Institute principals or made by others at Foresight Conferences and events. The links are either to PDF files created from PowerPoint slide presentations, to papers written in conjunction with the presentations, or to audio files or other media files from the presentation.

Foresight Conference, Oct. 22-27, 2005

The following presentations were made at the 13th Foresight Conference: Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology: Focusing on the Cutting Edge, which was held Oct. 22-27, 2005, San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel (San Francisco, CA Area).

The Race to Patent Nanotechnology: What Makes Nano Patents Different?
Mark LemleyStanford Law School
Audio as 26 MB MP3

Foresight Nanotech Challenge #2: Providing Abundant Clean Water Globally
Panel: Nanotech for clean water
49MB MP3

William Lee, President and CEO, eMembrane
Slide presentation as 1.2MB PDF
Kevin McGovern, Chairman, McGovern & Associates (for KX Industries)
Slide presentation as 9MB PDF
Fred Tepper, President, Argonide
Slide presentation as 4.6MB PDF
Moderator: Anthony Waitz, Managing Partner, Quantum Insight

Foresight Nanotech Challenge #6: Enabling the Development of Space
From Carbon Nanotubes to the Space Elevator
Michael Laine, President, Liftport Group
Audio as 29.2MB MP3 file

Investing Debate: How Can We Overcome the “Valley of Death?
Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Floyd Kvamme, Partner, Kleiner Perkins
Michael Moe, Chairman & CEO, ThinkEquity Partners
Ray Rothrock, Managing General Partner, Venrock Associates
Moderator: Ed Niehaus, Partner, Cypress Ventures 
Audio as 45 MB MP3

2005 Feynman Prize in Experimental Nanotechnology – Christian Schafmeister
Christian Schafmeister, Professor, Chemistry Department University of Pittsburgh
Audio as 26 MB MP3

2005 Feyman Prize in Theory – Christian Joachim
Christian Joachim, Professor, CRMP
32-slide presentation in PDF format, 5.3MB
Audio as 25 MB MP3

Debate: NanoBio in Humans: Are we ready to cross the Carbon Barrier?
Ron Bailey, Science Correspondent, Reason Magazine
Alan Goldstein, Biomedical Materials Engineering, Alfred University
Moderator: Derrick Boston, Partner, Guth Christopher and former Senior Vice President, California NanoSystems Institute
Audio as 75.6 MB MP3

Keynote: Nanotechnology is Not Little In Washington
Presented by Floyd Kvamme, Co-Chair, Co-Chair, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and Partner, Kleiner Perkins
October 25, 2005
39-slide presentation in PDF format, 1.7 MB
Audio as 27.5 MB MP3

How to Embrace Aspirational Technology: Nanotechnology and the Environment
Presented by Adam Werbach, Conservationist and former President, Sierra Club
October 24, 2005
35-slide presentation in PDF format, 1.4 MB
Audio as 24.3 MB MP3

Nanotechnology Policy: Near-term and Beyond
Presented by Richard Smith, President, Nanotechnology Network
October 24, 2005
13-slide presentation in PDF format, 245 KB
Audio as 29.7 MB MP3

Molecular Nanotechnology Research Overview Tutorial
Presented by David Forrest, U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center
October 26, 2005
55-slide presentation in PDF format, 2.2 MB
Audio as 63.8 MB MP3

Dendrimer Technology: A Nanoscale Delivery Platform for the Identification and Treatment of Cancer
Presented by Robert Berry, CEO, Dendritic Nanotechnologies
October 24, 2005
22-slide presentation in PDF format, 4 MB
Audio as 22 MB MP3

 

Foresight Conference, Oct. 21-24, 2004

The following presentations were made at the 1st Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology: Research, Applications, and Policy, which was held Oct. 21-24, 2004, Crystal City Marriott Hotel (Washington, DC Area).

Action for Nanotechnology: Public Policy Opportunities
Presented by Christine Peterson, Vice President, Foresight Institute, at the Foresight Institute Luncheon Briefing
October 21, 2004
26-slide presentation in PDF format, 214 KB

Nanotechnology – Addressing the Millennium Challenges
Presented by Scott Mize, Former President, Foresight Institute, at the Foresight Institute Luncheon Briefing
October 21, 2004
48-slide presentation in PDF format, 583 KB

Indirectly-Replicating Nanomachines: a Kinematic Cellular Automata Approach
Presented by Tihamer Toth-Fejel, General Dynamics
October 22, 2004
Abstract
23-slide presentation in PDF format, 1 MB
Audio as 3.2 MB MP3

An Exponentially Expanding Future from Exponentially Shrinking Technology
Keynote by Ray Kurzweil, Kurzweil Technologies
October 22, 2004
Abstract
links to slides and movies
Audio as 16.1 MB MP3

Agenda for High Impact Nanotechnology Development
Presented by Scott Mize, Former President, Foresight Institute
October 23, 2004
Abstract
31-slide presentation in PDF format, 372 KB
Audio as 5.1 MB MP3

Clean Molecular Manufacturing
Presented by Chris Phoenix,Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
October 23, 2004
Abstract
11-slide presentation in PDF format, 860 KB
Audio as 5.1 MB MP3

Applying Nanotechnology to the Challenges of Global Poverty
Presented by Bryan Bruns, Foresight Institute
October 23, 2004
Abstract
Paper prepared from this talk in PDF format, 148 KB
13-slide presentation in PDF format, 260 KB
Audio as 5.3 MB MP3

Molecular Manufacturing: Top Ten Impacts
Presented by Chris Phoenix,Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
October 23, 2004
Abstract
15-slide presentation in PDF format, 780 KB
Audio as 4.9 MB MP3

What Would a Nanotech Economy Look Like?
Presented by David Friedman, Santa Clara University, School of Law
October 23, 2004
Abstract
17-slide presentation in PDF format, 68 KB
Audio as 4.1 MB MP3

Maximizing Benefits & Minimizing Downsides of Nanotechnology
Presented by Christine Peterson, Foresight Institute
October 24, 2004
Abstract
49-slide presentation in PDF format, 364 KB
Audio as 5.8 MB MP3

U.S. Nanotechnology Policy: Bridging the Gaps
Presented by Richard H. Smith, Nanoverse LLC and Nanotechnology Policy Foundation
October 24, 2004
Abstract
14-slide presentation in PDF format, 384 KB
Audio as 7 MB MP3

A Critical Look at Leon Kass and Transhumanists on Ageless Bodies
Presented by Tihamer Toth-Fejel, General Dynamics
October 23-24, 2004
Abstract
16-slide presentation in PDF format, 88 KB

 

Publications

The following list of publications cover topics related to nanotechnology, most of the by Foresight Insitute affiliates

Books

Engines of Creation (full text), author Dr. K. Eric Drexler

Click here for Engines of Creation online

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Unbounding the Future (full text), authors Dr. K. Eric Drexler, Christine Peterson, Gayle Pergamit

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Nanosystems, author Dr. K. Eric Drexler

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Nanomedicine (full text), author Robert A. Freitas, Jr.

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Nanomedicine (full text), author Robert A. Freitas, Jr.

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Nano Fortunes, author Darrell Brookstein

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Our Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics, and Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Our World, author Douglas Mulhall

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Click here for a review of Our Molecular Future written by Jim Lewis

The Nanotech Pioneers: Where Are They Taking Us?, author Steven A. Edwards

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Nanotechnology For Dummies, authors Richard D. Booker, Earl Boysen

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Nanotechnology: Global Strategies, Industry Trends and Applications, author Jurgen Schulte

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Recent Advances and Issues in Molecular Nanotechnology, author David E. Newton

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Click here for a review of Nanotechnology: Global Strategies, Industry Trends and Applications written by J. Storrs Hall

Molecular Engineering of Nanosystems author Edward A. Rietman

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Click here for a review of Molecular Engineering of Nanosystems written by J. Storrs Hall and Jeffrey Soreff

Nano- and Microelectromechanical Systems: Fundamentals of Nano- and Microengineering author Sergey Edward Lyshevski

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Click here for a review of Nano- and Microelectromechanical Systems: Fundamentals of Nano- and Microengineering written by J. Storrs Hall

Immortality: How Science is Extending Your Life Span – and Changing the World author Ben Bova

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Click here for a review of Immortality: How Science is Extending Your Life Span – and Changing the World written by Richard P. Terra

 

Magazines, Journals, Newsletters and Periodicals

Toward Nanomaterials by Design: A Rational Approach for Reaping Benefits in the Short and Long Term, by Scott Mize, Past President of Foresight Institute

Foresight Nanotech Institute Publications Library

Small Times Magazine

Nanotechnology Law & Business (NLB)

The Best of the NanoWeek – The International e-Digest of Small Technology

CSIRO – Nanotechnology Publications and Patents

IBM Research: Nanoscale Research Department

Cordis – Nanotechnology Service of the European Commission 

Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report