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Foresight Update 23.42: Rudimentary molecular manufacturing by 2020 - July 12, 2010

ISSN 1078-9731

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Today’s nanotech lets $400 camera see cancer cells

Frequent Nanodot readers know that our main interest is longer-term nanotech, but sometimes what’s happening today gets pretty exciting as well. A quick summary of recent advances in nanotech used to fight cancer appears in a Computerworld piece by Sharon Gaudin; some excerpts…

Finally: all nanotech degree programs listed on one site

For years we’ve watched academic degree programs in nanotechnology being announced piecemeal, or in partial lists. Now it looks like Nanowerk has stepped up to the task of keeping a complete list, sorted by level of degree and country. See it here…

Top-down nanotech marching downwards (in a good way)

Nanowerk brings us news of advances at Singapore’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology:

Researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in Singapore have now successfully demonstrated, for the first time, a lithography-free, direct-write technique for fabricating discrete field-effect transistors, as well as digital logic gates on a single nanowire…

Webcast and comment online to President’s Council on nanotech

Tihamer Toth-Fejel let us know that the public can comment online today [June 22], right now, our views on nanotech…

Open Science Summit to be streamed live

Not able to attend the Open Science Summit on July 29-31 in Berkeley, California?

We’ll miss you, but you can watch the conference live at …

New open-access nanotechnology journal from Beilstein

Those of you with a background in organic chemistry will recognize the venerable name of Beilstein, originally a handbook of organic chemistry which evolved into a database, later combined with Gmelin inorganic data to form the Crossfire database.

So the Beilstein brand is a powerful one in chemistry. Nanowerk brings to our attention that Beilstein is starting an open-access nanotechnology journal, to include ‘Theoretical aspects and concepts of nanotechnology’, with 2007 Feynman Prize winner Fraser Stoddart on the Advisory Board. From the Beilstein site …

Join us at Singularity Summit, Aug. 14-15 on intelligence augmentation

Many Foresight leaders and members will be gathering at this year’s Singularity Summit in San Francisco, expected to draw up to 1100 participants. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s for a good cause and there are student and referral discounts plus discounts on the hotel rooms. I can testify that this is a fun and stimulating event, and if a particular talk is not in your area of interest, just go out into the hallway and meet lots of interesting people. Here’s the press release…

Singularity University in the New York Times

Our friends over at Singularity University are described in some detail in a long article in the New York Times. An excerpt, with names familiar to Nanodot readers as speakers at Foresight conferences…

H+ Summit “Rise of the Citizen Scientist” at Harvard

If you can’t make it to Harvard this weekend, June 12-13, you’ll want to catch the live webcast of the H+ Summit: “Rise of the Citizen Scientist”. No link yet, but presumably they’ll be putting it on the event homepage before it starts. Also presumably they will post the videos somewhere for longer-term viewing…

Nanotech = Hot job of 2018, says Wall Street Journal

Here at Foresight, we’re always trying to help those looking to move their careers in the direction of nanotechnology.

Now the Wall Street Journal is predicting that this should pay off…

Seeman, Eigler to share $1 million Kavli nano prize

We are extremely pleased that Ned Seeman, who won our Feynman Prize back in 1995 (see photo), has now received this wonderful recognition and delightful amount of money. May it happen to our other Feynman Prize winners as well. Congrats to both winners!…

Zyvex founder Jim Von Ehr: “Rudimentary molecular manufacturing by 2020”

Sander Olson interviewed Jim Von Ehr of Zyvex for the website by Brian Wang. Here’s an excerpt…

Vote and comment on IMM/Foresight statement to President’s Council

The U.S. President’s Council on Advisors on Science and Technology requested public input on a number of manufacturing topics including “molecular-level, atomically precise production.” Foresight joined with our sister organization IMM to produce a statement on Atomically Precise Manufacturing, now posted on the OpenPCAST site, with public voting and commenting still continuing, so join in the discussion…

—Nanodot posts by Christine Peterson

Foresight Events – Lectures

Foresight Lectures

July 22, 2010
Ephemerisle 2010
Sacramento River Delta, California
Christine Peterson will speak on life extension.

The official Ephemerisle event was cancelled due to insurance issues, but participants will still be showing up for a similar event, including the lecture.

There is a Google Group at

July 30, 2010
Open Science Summit
Berkeley, California
Christine Peterson will speak on Open Source Sensing.
Click here for conference details

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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Singularity Summit 2010
August 14-15, 2010
San Francisco, California USA

Hundreds of AI researchers, robotics experts, philosophers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and interested laypeople will converge in San Francisco to address the Singularity and related issues at the only conference on the topic, the Singularity Summit. Experts in fields including animal intelligence, artificial intelligence, brain-computer interfacing, tissue regeneration, medical ethics, computational neurobiology, augmented reality, and more will share their latest research and explore its implications for the future of humanity. Student and referral discounts available.

5th IUPAC-Sponsored International Symposium on Macro- and Supramolecular Architectures and Materials
New Science & Technologies for the Improvement of Human Living Standards
August 15-20, 2010
Montego Bay, Jamaica

"The scientific program will cover key developments in the syntheses, structural elucidation, behavior, and potential applications of new compounds, materials, and supramolecular or macromolecular aggregates."

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