About Foresight

The Foresight Institute steers emerging and world-shaping technologies for beneficial purposes and has done so since 1986. It is our mission to catalyze research across multidisciplinary fields such as nanotechnology, molecular machines, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and longevity science. We serve as a nexus for innovation to advance R&D, reward excellence, restrain recklessness, and create community aimed at the long-term flourishing of humanity and the biosphere.

2015 Feynman Prize winner named 2018 Australian of the Year

By | 2018-01-27T13:29:08+00:00 January 27th, 2018|Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Computational nanotechnology, Foresight Kudos, Government programs, Investment/Entrepreneuring, Media Mentions, Memetics, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanobusiness, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, News, World-Shaping Technologies|

UNSW Sydney scientist Professor Michelle Simmons, the 2018 Australian of the Year, is presented with her award by the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. CREDIT: Salty Dingo It is [...]

Design of hyperstable constrained peptides

By | 2018-01-17T12:23:26+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Bionanotechnology, Computational nanotechnology, Foresight Kudos, Future Medicine, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanobiotechnology, Nanodot, Nanomedicine, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Productive Nanosystems, Research, World-Shaping Technologies|

Sixteen topologies of de novo designed hyperstable constrained peptides. Credit: Baker lab, University of Washington Protein design has been one of the major paths from current fabrication technology toward [...]

Changing the world with a nanofabricator that could make anything

By | 2018-01-10T09:31:14+00:00 January 10th, 2018|About Foresight, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Memetics, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Opinion, Opinion, Productive Nanosystems, Roadmaps, World-Shaping Technologies|

Image Credit: 3DSculptor / Shutterstock.com The Foresight Institute was founded in 1986 on a vision presented by Eric Drexler in which the ultimate manufacturing technology uses a machine termed [...]

Blockchains, Cryptoeconomics, and Emerging Technology Risks

By | 2017-12-19T19:57:49+00:00 December 19th, 2017|About Foresight, Blockchains, Computer Security, Cryptoeconomics, Economics, Media Mentions, Memetics, Nanodot, New Institutions, Risk Management, World-Shaping Technologies|

Blockchain formation. The main chain (black) consists of the longest series of blocks from the genesis block (green) to the current block. Orphan blocks (purple) exist outside of the [...]

Cyber, Nano, and AGI Risks: Computer Security and Effective Altruism

By | 2017-11-26T12:25:04+00:00 November 25th, 2017|About Foresight, Abuse of Advanced Technology, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Computer Security, Health & longevity, Life extension, Machine Intelligence, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Nanotechnology Politics, Open Source, Risk Management, Security, Space, World-Shaping Technologies|

Christine Peterson, Foresight Institute Co-Founder and Projects Director Foresight Institute Co-Founder and Projects Director Christine Peterson (full biography) was interviewed recently by 80000 Hours, “an independent nonprofit funded [...]

Molecular robot builds four types of molecules

By | 2017-10-01T09:26:22+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Artificial Molecular Machines, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Foresight Kudos, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Productive Nanosystems, Research, Roadmaps, Robotics, World-Shaping Technologies|

Since winning the 2007 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, Theory category, Professor David Leigh FRS FRSE FRSC MAE, and since 2012 at the University of Manchester, has continued to [...]

USA-Austrian and Swiss Nanocars finish first in first Nanocar race

By | 2017-09-28T11:59:53+00:00 June 11th, 2017|About Foresight, Artificial Molecular Machines, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Foresight Kudos, Foresight News, International organizations, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Transportation, World-Shaping Technologies|

If the current is high enough, the molecule starts to move and can be steered over the racetrack (University of Basel) Our previous post announced a race around [...]

2017 Foresight Fellows Announced in Molecular Machines, Space, Longevity, Artificial Intelligence

By | 2017-06-19T15:43:38+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Foresight News Articles|

Congratulations Foresight Fellows 2017!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. We invite [...]

First International NanoCar Race showcases molecular vehicles

By | 2017-06-01T14:01:34+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Artificial Molecular Machines, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Foresight Kudos, International organizations, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, News, news, Transportation|

Six NanoCars, each a unique concept created from only several dozen atoms by one of six teams representing six nations, and powered by electrical pulses, will compete to complete a 100 nm course within 38 hours.

Precisely removing individual atoms with microscope creates novel molecule

By | 2017-09-28T12:04:08+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Computational nanotechnology, Foresight Kudos, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Research|

A molecule with two unpaired electrons too unstable to be made by chemical synthesis was fabricated using a scanning probe microscope to remove two hydrogen atoms from a single molecule adsorbed to a copper surface at ultra low temperature and ultra high vacuum.