Foresight Update 23.23: Fabricating 10,000 times smaller - June 4, 2009
Discuss these news stories at http://foresight.org/nanodot.
Russian Academy of Sciences have developed a method of nanofabrication using an atom pinhole camera…. The technique could produce individual nanostructures down to 30 nm, a size reduction of 10,000 times compared with the original object…
Nanotechnology is, ultimately, a mechanization of the molecular processes of life. One of the most important of those processes is photosynthesis. If we really understood photosynthesis as deeply as we do, say, gear trains, and had the machinery to build whatever molecular machines we designed, we could build trees that produced gasoline from sunlight and the CO2 in the air…
The greatly anticipated "AI" project recently unveiled, Wolfram Alpha, appears to have flopped, at least insofar as being an AI. Next up looks to be Siri, an app coming to your iPhone this fall…
A recent Newsweek article on Kurzweil seems to have been something of a hack job, judging from this reply…
A paper on arXiv referenced (and nicely explained) in a Technology Review blog:
How altruistic behaviour emerges has puzzled evolutionary biologists for decades. From the point of view of survivial of the fittest, the unselfish concern for the welfare of others seems inexplicable…
A few new futurism resources have come to our attention recently:
The Millennium Project Futures Research Methodology Version 3.0, a "handbook on methods and tools to explore future possibilities."
The contents include methodologies such as statistical modeling, technology sequence analysis, etc.
Detailed Roadmap of the 21st Century, a list of predictions for the twenty-first century, organized by year…
Here's a University of Rochester press release from 2006:
Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a way to change the properties of almost any metal to render it, literally, black…
Well, you can pretty much guess what happens next: another University of Rochester press release, this one from last week.
Laser Process Doubles Brightness for the Same Amount of Energy An ultra-powerful laser can turn regular incandescent light bulbs into power-sippers, say optics researchers at the University of Rochester…
—Nanodot posts by J. Storrs Hall
June 17-18, 2009
July 30, 2009
August 20-22, 2009
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