Physicist and television host sees future for nanotechnology and AI

In a review of physicist and television host Michio Kaku’s latest book, Foresight advisor Glenn Reynolds finds reason for optimism, but also cause for concern in the career choices of today’s brightest minds.

Mechanical manipulation of silicon dimers on a silicon surface (video)

UK scientists use mechanical force to manipulate silicon dimers on a silicon surface as a first step toward automated atomically precise manufacture of three-dimensional nanostructures.

Is policy uncertainty the cause of anemic growth in nanotechnology innovation?

Will proposals to establish criteria for green nanotechnology foster growth of nanotechnology innovation?

Does nanotechnology need PR?

Does nanotechnology need more energetic PR, and if so, what kind?

Nanotechnology-enabled quantum computing may fuel a security race

Senior Associate Alvin Steinberg suggests that we portray the nanotech race as in part a security race involving quantum computing.

Nanodot in excellent company among top 50 blogs

A list of the “Top 50 Blogs by Scientific Researchers” includes Nanodot among blogs focusing on open source and open access, academia, projects funded by organizations, and news produced by writers who research science.

Open Science Summit videos available

Video footage of conference focused on “Updating the social contract for Science”

Why terrorists are often engineers: implications for nanotechnology

An IEEE Spectrum podcast asks the question, Why Are Terrorists Often Engineers? The blurb: With terrorism back in the news, so, too, is a curious footnote: Of the hundreds of individuals involved in political violence, nearly half of those with degrees have been engineers. This finding, first published in 2008, has been substantiated by two… Continue reading Why terrorists are often engineers: implications for nanotechnology

Japan, Germany, S. Korea commercialize nanotech better than U.S.

Nanodot normally focuses on longer-term nanotechnologies such as molecular manufacturing, but we do like to keep an eye on how different countries compare to each other in nanotech and technology in general. Below is an excerpt from a recent Lux Research announcement; you can read the full PDF here: U.S. Risks Losing Global Leadership in… Continue reading Japan, Germany, S. Korea commercialize nanotech better than U.S.

"Science court"-style software from the CIA

Longtime Foresight supporter John Gilmore writes: “I noticed a story that reminded me of something Foresight wanted to encourage in society.  Wired reports that the CIA uses decision analysis software ‘Analysis of Competing Hypotheses’, and has funded a rewritten version for shared networked analysis by many people.  But the gov’t contractors got into a hassle… Continue reading "Science court"-style software from the CIA

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