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Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: September 5, 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.

Temporary format change

The format of the News Digest has temporarily 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 shortly.
—Jim Lewis, editor

In this issue:

Foresight Events: Productive Nanosystems Conference
Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology - Join Foresight
Conference – Singularity Summit 2007
Nanodot: Nanotechnology to reduce worldwide transport?
Nanodot: IBM nanotechnology: toward single-atom memory
Nanodot: Jurvetson podcast on nanotechnology, AI
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.

For a sample from the archives, see the review of Josh Hall's book on nanotech: "In Nanofuture: What's Next for Nanotechnology, Prometheus Books, 2005, computer scientist and nanosystems designer J. Storrs Hall, PhD, has painted a clear and compelling picture of how the human condition will be radically transformed during the middle decades of this 21st century by advanced nanotechnology." Join Foresight and help steer nanotech in the directions you personally support most!

Nanofuture book 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: Nanotechnology to reduce worldwide transport?

Science Daily brings news of the future of transportation as nanotechnology changes how we make our products, described in the book Transport Communications. An excerpt from Science Daily:

"By introducing nanotechnology, the authors suggest, goods could be produced and distributed locally, limiting the amount of worldwide transport that takes place annually."

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Headline: IBM nanotechnology: toward single-atom memory

As reported at Nanowerk and many other nanotech sites, IBM nanotechnology research is advancing toward being able to store information magnetically at the level of single atoms:

"In the first report, IBM scientists describe major progress in probing a property called magnetic anisotropy in individual atoms. This fundamental measurement has important technological consequences because it determines an atom's ability to store information. Previously, nobody had been able to measure the magnetic anisotropy of a single atom."

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Headline: Jurvetson podcast on nanotechnology, AI

One person whose views on nanotechnology are always worth hearing is VC Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. He'll be speaking at the upcoming Singularity Summit, Sept. 8-9 in San Francisco, but if you can't get there, you can listen to this ZDNet podcast with Dan Farber in which Steve discusses both nanotech and AI:

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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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