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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: August 22, 2007

Save the dates!

The 2007 Foresight Vision Weekend will be held November 3-4 in Silicon Valley, California. This year we are experimenting with the highly popular "Unconference" format. Special thanks to Yahoo! for donating their conference center as our venue. Watch this space for more information as the event comes together.

Format change for remainder of August

For the remainder of August, the format of the News Digest will change to accommodate Foresight schedule changes. Instead of our usual news categories, we bring you a sample of our popular Nanodot blog posts from the preceding week. Our usual format will return in September.
—Jim Lewis, editor

In this issue:

Foresight Events: Productive Nanosystems Conference
Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology - Join Foresight
Conference – Singularity Summit 2007
Nanodot: Cleaning up environment with nanotechnology
Nanodot: Diamondoid: next big thing in nanotechnology?
Nanodot: Nanotechnology & more at Foresight Vision Weekend, Nov. 3-4
Nanodot: Excess nanotechnology conservatism is too radical
Foresight Lectures
Contact Foresight

Foresight Events

Productive Nanosystems: Launching the Technology Roadmap

Conference sponsored by Foresight Nanotech Institute and Society of Manufacturing Engineers with support from Battelle
October 9-10, 2007
DoubleTree Crystal City in Arlington, VA

Now, for the first time, the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems will describe the R&D pathways and products resulting from this ultimate technological revolution. Join us as we explore the power of advanced "bottom-up" nanotechnology in this 14th Foresight Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology.

Feynman Prize luncheon on October 9, 2007

The full conference program (October 9, October 10) and brochure (PDF 987 KB) are now available.

Special thanks to The Waitt Family Foundation and Sun Microsystems for financial support of the Roadmap project.

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Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology

Do you believe that nanotechnology will give society the ability to tackle the hard challenges facing humanity? What's your priority for nanotechnology: cancer treatments and longevity therapies, sustainable energy, clean water, a restored environment, space development, or "zero waste" manufacturing? Or perhaps there are potential nanotech scenarios you would like to prevent.

If you would like to help influence the direction of this powerful technology, please consider becoming a member of Foresight Nanotech Institute. With your support, Foresight will continue to educate the general public on beneficial nanotechnology and what it will mean to our society.

Members receive the Foresight Nanotech Update newsletter. For a sample from the archives, see the review of Jürgen Altmann's book Military Nanotechnology: Potential applications and preventive arms control. Join Foresight and help steer nanotech in the directions you personally support most!

Military Nanotechnology review in Update 58

To join:

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Foresight Partners

Singularity Summit 2007
AI and the Future of Humanity
Sponsored by Singularity Institute
September 8-9, 2007
San Francisco, California

The Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence is proud to announce the Singularity Summit 2007, a major two-day event bringing together 16 prominent thinkers to examine a historical moment in humanity's history—a window of opportunity to shape how we develop advanced artificial intelligence.

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Nanodot: A sample from Foresight's blog

Headline: Cleaning up environment with nanotechnology, a nanotechnology gateway site in Europe, has published results from a workshop "Nanotechnologies for Environmental Remediation" (free reg req'd)… This is just the very beginning of what we hope will eventually be a huge effort to repair the damage that's been done and is still going on. The long-term goal is for nanotech to build cleanly, with atomic precision where desired, with complete control over leftover molecules.

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Headline: Diamondoid: Next big thing in nanotechnology?

Here at Foresight we've been interested in nanotechnology based on diamondoid since the beginning, so it's great to see these structures getting more attention. Someday they'll be manufactured with atomic precision, in large structures, but for now even small structures are looking useful in today's nanotech.'s August 17 Edigest, sponsored by PurpleGoldMedia, features an interview on what's happening today with diamondoids.

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Headline: Nanotechnology & more at Foresight Vision Weekend, Nov. 3-4

We are very pleased to announce the dates and location of the 2007 Foresight Vision Weekend, to be held November 3-4 in at Yahoo! headquarters here in Silicon Valley.

We've learned that you demand a highly interactive meeting, so this year we'll be experimenting with a new format including big chunks of time for the Unconference meeting style which is taking the technical world by storm.

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Headline: Excess nanotechnology conservatism is too radical

An opinion piece in IEEE Spectrum by Cientifica business development director Dexter Johnson is so conservative in its views that it crosses over into being truly radical…

"The bottom line: material by design may elude us for centuries." For centuries? This is quite a radical statement…

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Foresight Lectures

September 8-9, 2007
Singularity Summit 2007
Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
San Francisco, California
Christine Peterson will speak on preparing for highly advanced coming technologies such as machine intelligence and nanotechnology.
Click here for conference details

October 6-7, 2007
7th Alcor Conference on Life Extension
Alcor Life Extension Foundation
Scottsdale, Arizona
Christine Peterson will speak on life extension.
Click here for conference details

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