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Foresight Update 23.22: HEPP: Human Equivalent Processing Power - May 28, 2009

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HEPP: Human Equivalent Processing Power

In Beyond AI, my book about the future of artificial intelligence and machine ethics, I made a prediction about how much processing power would be needed for an AI and how long it would take to get it assuming Moore's Law…

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UK/China team aim at molecular rotors to generate current

New rotors could help develop nanoscale generators. In collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, scientists have investigated the rotation of molecules on a fixed surface to understand how they may help in the development of future rotor-based machinery at nanoscale level…

HEPP: serial or parallel?

What kind of software will AIs run? This is of some interest, because it will tell us how much the current flowering of parallel hardware will actually get us toward human equivalent processing power. Ahmdel's Law holds: If the task of being intelligent is strongly serial, all those processors won't help much. If it's parallelizable, they will, and that means that the hardware for AI is basically here…

Proposal for Arabs to address molecular manufacturing

From The Gulf Times via Nanowerk:

The proposal for establishing an Arab Council on Nanotechnology (ACON) was presented by Al-Quds University's Mukhles Sowwan while discussing about 'Nanotechnology and molecular manufacturing: Towards balanced plans for responsible worldwide use…

GM engineer: Self-driving cars in next decade

from Nanowerk News:

Held at a former air force base in Victorville, Calif. in late 2007, the DARPA Urban Challenge offered a $3.5 million purse to competitors who could design the fastest and safest vehicles that could traverse a 60-mile urban course in moving traffic in less than six hours…


An interesting question was posed to my "Do the math" post of last week. What does this have to do with nanotechnology? A little history helps, as usual…

Birge wins Conn. Medal of Science

Longtime Foresight associates may remember Robert Birge, then of Syracuse, who spoke at the very first Foresight Conference in 1989. He has just won the Connecticut Medal of Science for his work in photoactive biochemicals…

Memories: nanotech?

Some interesting developments in memories…

Feynman prize nominations now open, also Communications, Student Prizes

Nominations are now open for the Foresight Institute Prizes for 2009, due June 30.

Our best-known prizes of course are the two annual Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology, one for Experiment and one for Theory…

Negative resistance

If you connect a 12-volt battery to a 4-ohm lamp, 3 amps of current will flow through the circuit by Ohm's Law, V=IR. Power = VI = 36 watts will be dissipated by the lamp.…

Do the math

There is at Technology Review's arXiv blog an article "How to find bugs in giant software programs." It's an overview of a paper on arXiv which is a statistical study of program sizes and bug distributions in the Eclipse dataset of Java programs.…

—Nanodot posts by J. Storrs Hall and Christine Peterson

Foresight Events – Lectures

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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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July 30, 2009
Singularity University
Mountain View, California
Christine Peterson will moderate and Foresight advisor Stewart Brand will serve on a panel on time horizons in an accelerating world, for Singularity University participants.
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August 20-22, 2009
Gnomedex: a technology conference of inspiration and influence
Seattle, Washington
Christine Peterson will speak on life extension.
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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.

Since 1986, the Foresight Institute has been in the forefront of a worldwide community of visionaries who work to help shape these possibilities into a positive, beneficial reality. If you would like to help us understand the potential of these technologies, and influence their direction, please consider becoming a member of the Foresight community. With your support, Foresight will continue to educate the general public on these technologies and what they will mean to our society.

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Converging Technologies for 21st Century Security
Organized by the Institute of Nanotechnology
November 25, 2009
The Royal College of Physicians, London, UK

Organised crime, terrorism, civil conflict, and natural disasters are sadly commonplace in global society and have developed increasingly complex dimensions. To counter such threats, civil security and emergency response teams are looking towards new technologies that offer more sensitive, rapid, and accurate detection methods; that provide the means to neutralise or effectively deal with the outcomes of such incidents; and that provide greater protection to personnel.

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