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Foresight Update 23.27: Single molecule magnetic memory - July 2, 2009

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Super-dense magnetic memory

Current-day magnetic memory is already "nanotechnology" under the loose definition, involving 5-nanometer particles of cobalt (having about 50,000 atoms). The authors have shown that a single molecule consisting of a cobalt dimer sitting on top of a benzene ring would have a high enough magnetic anisotropy to store a bit magnetically…

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Willow Garage Robotics

Willow Garage is a research robotics company in Silicon Valley which has a unique mission for a start-up. They are oriented to making an impact on the field of robotics rather than making an immediate profit…

Thus the WG design is very general and very robust, designed to be very hard to break and also fairly safe in the hands of an experimental, buggy, program. It's a gorgeous piece of hardware. In a move that resonates strongly with Foresight, their software is open source…

Moral Railroads

Train crashes have been happening regularly for over a century. They are not something new that has anything at all to do with AI or machine ethics or any similar concern. They are, however, a reminder that there is something very important that is often overlooked in the popular concern about the increase in technological impact on our lives. And that is that technology already has a huge impact on our lives, and has done since the industrial revolution — and the first, most important concern we must have is to make sure that the technology we have works properly, as intended…

Moore's Law and Robotics

One thing I was at some pains during my recent visit to Willow Garage was the likely impact of Moore's Law on the course of robotics development in the next few years. This is of great interest to a futurist because if computation is a bottleneck, it will be loosened in a well-understood way over the next decade or so, and we will have robots of rapidly-improving capabilities to look forward to over the period…

—Nanodot posts by J. Storrs Hall

Foresight Events – Lectures

Foresight Lectures

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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