The Foresight Vision Weekend is only a month away. This is the place to speak openly and brainstorm with others who envision a revolutionary nanotechnology future. What aspect of our nanotech future most excites you — repairing the human body, ending chemical pollution, creating economic abundance, developing space resources, delivering basic necessities — like clean water — to the developing world…or how about a personal role in making all this happen?
About the Foresight Vision Weekend:
COMMENTS FROM PAST ATTENDEES
"A highly stimulating interdisciplinary tour de force." — Prof. Ed Feigenbaum, Stanford University
"A highly charged, intellectually stimulating weekend. I rearranged my schedule to be here." — Pierluigi Zappacosta
"Foresight Institute is the premiere organization projecting the societal impacts of technologies which will remake the human experience" — U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman
"This is arguably the leading organization that truly combines scientific thinking and engineering thinking" — Aubrey de Grey
"You won't find a more diverse group discussing more important issues anywhere else. Also, the sessions are very well timed!" — Brad Templeton
"PUTTING FEYNMAN'S VISION INTO ACTION"
FORESIGHT VISION WEEKEND
–Senior Associates Gathering–
May 14-16, 2004, in Palo Alto
Welcome Reception May 14 at 7 pm
Optional Full-Day Tutorial: May 14
PRELIMINARY PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE:
Senior Associates attend for $495
GUESTS AND STUDENTS
Spouses or guests attend for $195
Full-time Students attend for $195*
To join and register online follow this link.
or telephone our office at: +1 650 917 1122
*Limited number of student places are available. See web for qualifications to be considered. Deadline April 30.
CONVERSATIONS: FACE-TO-FACE AND INTERACTIVE
Along with face-to-face debate and conversation, this year's Vision Weekend will feature an interactive, online area where users will be converse in a wiki, weblog, and chat (IRC) format, creating an online space for everyone to converse during the conference, take notes, collaborate with one another, and refer to for future and later use. Free wireless internet access will be provided. Bring your laptops and wireless cards!
BREAKOUT SESSIONS – THREE TYPES
Let us know your ideas for breakout topics, which are held in three formats:
- Free-ranging discussions are always fun, enlightening, and thought- provoking. These discussion groups are given a brief "challenge material" to stimulate discussion, and things proceed organically from there. There may or may not be a tangible work product.
- Foresight Work Groups. These gather for the specific purpose of producing products, such as a short position paper or a tightly target research report. Each work group will have a fixed task to accomplish during the weekend and is expected to produce a work product.
- SIG kickoffs. This is the formation of charter special interest groups, which may operate for months or years. Three critical SIG topics have been identified, Nanobusiness, NanoEducation and Nanomedicine. We need a leader for the Nanomedicine group.
Free-ranging discussions and Work Groups are specifically formed at the Foresight Vision Weekend, but the SIGs will be ongoing. If you are interested in learning more, contact [email protected].
FUNDAMENTALS OF NANOTECHNOLOGY TUTORIAL
MAY 14, 2004
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
General public attends for $395
Senior Associates, their spouses and guests attend for $195
Full-time students attend for $195
On the kick-off day of the Senior Associates Vision Weekend, we are offering a Fundamentals of Nanotechnology tutorial. This tutorial is designed for individuals who want a quick grasp or refresher of the basics. Top nanotech speakers will give in-depth briefings on nanotech – and answer your individual questions on the science and technology, the long-term goals and near-term opportunities of the Next Industrial Revolution.
Steve Jurvetson, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
No one is better positioned than Steve to survey the world of nanotechnology work today and what is most exciting in terms of near-term products. He'll tell us what areas are most promising and give examples of companies whose technologies are so compelling that his firm has bet on their success. Also, Steve will outline his views on pathways to long-term Molecular Manufacturing and where the Next Industrial Revolution will hit first.
Prof. Ralph Merkle, Georgia Tech
Molecular nanotechnology (MNT) is expected to have applications in every area of physical technology: medicine, computing, clean manufacturing, environmental restoration, transportation, energy, and of course, national security. Ralph will survey the prospects for MNT and examine the R&D pathway from here to full MNT.
David I. Lackner, Program Manager: Nanotechnology Ventures, NASA Ames Research Center
Whether your organization is big, small, or an "Army of One", you need to understand the nanotechnology investment decision process within large organizations, how to participate, and how to profit from the result. Much of today's spending is by government organizations and large corporations — how can smaller entities add value, and/or license the intellectual property (IP) generated?
Christine Peterson, Foresight Institute
Christine will survey the evolution of the field, the many flavors of modern nanotechnology, and the prospects for molecular manufacturing. Only a combined historical, political, and technical perspective can make sense of developments in the field today.
SPECIAL VISION WEEKEND OFFER FROM ACCELRYS:
Free trial hardware and software
Accelrys and HP, leading suppliers of software, hardware, education and support services, have joined resources to provide attendees of the Foresight Vision Weekend with a FREE 90-day trail offer to try out their integrated and optimized nanotechnology software and hardware solutions.
When you register for the Vision Weekend, you receive access code to register for this special 90-day trial.
To download a complimentary Accelrys Nanotechnology Applications Guide, go to http://nanotech.accelrys.com
VISION WEEKEND SPONSORS
- Draper Fisher Jurvetson, http://www.dfj.com
- Accelrys, http://www.accelrys.com
- Hewlett Packard, http://www.hp.com
- Working in Nanotechnology, http://www.workingin-nanotechnology.com
- Howard Lovy's Nanobot, http://nanobot.blogspot.com
- Kurzweil AI Net, http://www.KurzweilAI.net
- Netconcepts, i-Marketing Innovation, http://www.netconcepts.com
If you have questions, or would like to join and register by phone, call our office at: +1 650 917 1122
Foresight is the leading public interest organization in nanotechnology. A non-profit educational think tank, Foresight Institute was founded in 1986.