Foresight Update 23.20: Swimming nanomachines - May 14, 2009
Discuss these news stories at http://foresight.org/nanodot.
Harvard researchers have created a new type of microscopic swimmer: a magnetized spiral that corkscrews through liquids and is able to deliver chemicals and push loads larger than itself…
I suspect many readers have seen Neil Gershenfeld's TED talk on fab labs, or read his book. In particular, notice the part where he comments that fabs are following the track of computers, currently in the minicomputer stage. You can see the same progression in my keynote for a SME meeting a couple of years ago (slides pdf), but I use the progression from film to instant to digital photography instead of computing…
Eric Drexler has posted slides from his keynote talk at the Berkeley Nanotech Forum.
There was a gratifyingly large response to last Friday's post Acolytes of neo-Malthusian Apocalypticism.
When I was in college 35 years ago, there was a major fad of neo-Malthusian doom-mongering, led by the "Limits to Growth" book and movement. A retreat was organized from the college, and some concerned, environmentally conscious professors and students, myself included, went off for a concentrated seminar in which we educated each other about all the models and dire predictions of the coming collapse…
Foresight President Josh Hall will be the guest of Phil Bowermaster of the Speculist on FastFowardRadio Sunday 5/10/09 at 10PM Eastern (7 Pacific)…
Another step along the Moore's Law-like trend line for solar power: Ink-Jet Printing for Cheaper Solar Cells at Technology Review…
—Nanodot posts by J. Storrs Hall
May 28-29, 2009
June 17-18, 2009
August 20-22, 2009
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