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Foresight Update 23.14: Quantum computers via molecular machines - April 2, 2009

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A nanotechnology route to quantum computers through hybrid rotaxanes

A major advance in molecular machine fabrication allows the construction of rotaxane molecular shuttles in which organic and inorganic components are mechanically linked in the same molecular structure. The varied electronic configurations of inorganic elements can therefore contribute a variety of electronic, magnetic, and catalytic properties to these molecular machines, opening the way, for example, to developing faster nanotech computers…

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Conference to tackle ethics of nanotechnology and human enhancement

A conference organized by faculty at California Polytechnic State University, Dartmouth College, the University of Delaware, and Western Michigan University will tackle what they claim is "the single most important issue in science & society in this century." …

Nanotech resurgence?

…The Futurist believes nanotech, of the near-term applications-oriented kind, is about ready to pick up again. Worth a look.

Early retirement — how soon?

…Will "real" AI be constrained by the processing power available, and slowly come into being as allowed by Moore's Law? Moravec imagines the course of robotics over the next decades recapitulating the evolution of humans, in similar stages. Or will the discovery of the "secret sauce" of AI burst upon a world where the processing power to run a human is cheap and plentiful, collapsing a catastrophe theory-like overhang? …

DNA nanotechnology builds large structures from information-rich seeds

…Drs. Erik Winfree and Paul W.K. Rothemund, have extended the scaffolded DNA origami technique invented by Rothemund to use the DNA origami structures as seeds to program the construction of nanotech structures up to 100 times larger…

Sustainable energy

Everybody knows that the world is running out of oil. The predicted year of the peak varies from 2000 to 2100, but it is generally conceded that it won't last forever. Of course, economists know that when you have a scarce resource, it doesn't just suddenly run out: the price rises, more expensive sources or substitutes come into play, and so forth…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis and J. Storrs Hall

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Foresight Lectures

May 28-29, 2009
1st Annual Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence Symposium
Palo Alto, California
Christine Peterson will speak on beneficial medical nanotechnologies.
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June 17-18, 2009
Size Matters 2009: the future fields of application, opportunities and ethical challenges of nanoscience
Saarbrücken, Germany
Christine Peterson will speak on Nanotechnology & Open Source Sensing.
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Foreseeing Future Technologies

Advancements in technologies such as nanotech, robotics, and biotech are promising to make major differences in our lives in the not-too-distant future, as the Industrial Revolution did to the agrarian world — to do for the physical world what the computer and Internet have done to the world of information.

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