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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: August 29, 2007

Deadline September 17

Deadline September 17 for early rates on Productive Nanosystems Conference! Save $100 by registering early.

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

During August, the format of the News Digest has changed 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 next week.
—Jim Lewis, editor

In this issue:

Foresight Events: Productive Nanosystems Conference
Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology - Join Foresight
Conference – Singularity Summit 2007
Nanodot: Nanotechnology ethics book is surprisingly fun
Nanodot: New ACS nanotechnology journal free for 2007
Nanodot: Using nanotechnology to prevent pollution
Nanodot: U.S. to build more nanotechnology engineers
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 Software Control of Matter: "In the U.K. an 'ideas factory' produces three projects aimed at arranging atoms or molecules according to an arbitrary, user-defined blueprint." Join Foresight and help steer nanotech in the directions you personally support most!

Software Control of Matter 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: Nanotechnology ethics book is surprisingly fun

"Fun" is not the first word that comes to mind when the topic of ethics comes up, but the new book Nanoethics: the Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology manages to include a surprising amount of it. Topics include the end of biological aging, body enhancement, privacy, military use, exponential manufacturing, space development, AI, and life extension, among many others.

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Headline: New ACS Nanotechnology journal free for 2007

There seem to already be an awful lot of nanotechnology and nanoscience journals out there, but ACS feels there's room for another: ACS Nano. Editor Paul Weiss — who does "molecular motor-driven assembly", which sounds fascinating — explains…

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Headline: Using nanotechnology to prevent pollution

We hear so much about possible environmental concerns with respect to nanoparticles that it is a joy to have David Berube bring to our attention the upcoming EPA conference on Pollution Prevention through Nanotechnology, Sept. 25-26, which may possibly still be accepting poster presentations… This is what drew so many of us (including me) to nanotech in the first place — the goal of truly clean industrial processes, so we can have both a natural environment and a high economic standard of living at the same time. It can be done if we work hard enough, long enough.

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Headline: U.S. to build more nanotechnology engineers

U.S. students aren't going into science and engineering they way they used to, but nanotechnology is sexy enough to attract their attention. So nanotech is the focus of a new education and training effort described in EE Times, called Nine (the National Institute for Nano-Engineering)…

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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

October 26, 2007
nanoUtah 2007 Conference
Utah Technology Council
Salt Lake City, Utah
Pearl Chin will give the dinner keynote address.
Click here for conference details

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