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Atomically-precise positioning of a single atom transistor

Foresight Update 25.03—March 9, 2012
ISSN 1078-9731

We are pleased to announce that Foresight has received a substantial grant from the THIEL FOUNDATION to further its efforts to foster the development of transformative nanotechnology. Details will be announced in future newsletters and on our website.

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Novel RNA structural motifs expand tool kit for RNA nanotechnology

As we pointed out recently, a unique advantage of RNA nanotechnology compared to DNA nanotechnology is that the more complex rules of base pairing involved in RNA folding allow the formation of a variety of compact, complex three-dimensional shapes. … a new computational method has uncovered many new RNA structural motifs, revealing the tool kit of RNA nanotechnology to be even more diverse than thought. …

Foresight Presents: An Intimate Evening w/Sonia Arrison, Author of 100+

Join us for an intellectually stimulating evening with best-selling author and tech analyst Sonia Arrison! Dinner and drinks will be served h’orderve/tapas-style at 7pm; Sonia will present at 8pm, with personalized, small-group Q&A on the future of technology to follow.

Wednesday March 21, 2012 at Ristorante Don Giovanni, 235 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041 …

Machine learning may improve molecular design for nanotechnology

At various points along the path toward productive nanosystems for molecular manufacturing it would be useful to be able to calculate the properties and reactions of assemblies of atoms of various sizes. … such information is supplied by the Schrödinger equation, but this can only be solved analytically for the hydrogen atom and ions with only one electron. For larger atoms and molecules, numerical solutions require compromises between computational feasibility and accuracy. Recent work from researchers at Argonne National Laboratory suggests that machine learning can be an efficient alternative to numerical computations …

Roadmap to an abundant future #1 on Amazon and BarnesAndNoble

A new optimistic look at the future Abundance: The future is better than you think co-authored by Foresight Advisor Peter Diamandis and science writer Steven Kotler has hit #1 on both Amazon and BarnesAndNoble this morning …

Nanotechnology, DNA sequencing, and personalized medicine

One of the greatest promises of near-term nanotechnoloogy is cheaper DNA sequencing to speed the development of personalized medicine. … Nanopore sensors are among the promising new third-generation DNA sequencing technologies being developed to make inexpensive whole genome sequencing a reality. …

Atomically-precise positioning of a single atom transistor-VIDEO

A team led by Michelle Y. Simmons … has succeeded in the atomically precise placement of a transistor consisting of a single atom of phosphorous between source and drain electrodes and gate electrodes all made from phosphorous wires only a few atoms wide. A YouTube video …

Graphene heterostructures may lead to graphene-based computer chips

Combining atomically thin graphene with layers of atomically thin insulators appears to open the door to using graphene in computer chips. …

Current nanotechnology too cool to ignore

For something a little different from our usual fare, the superhydrophobic spray-on coating illustrated in this YouTube video is too cool to ignore …

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis

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March 21, 2012
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Join us for an intellectually stimulating evening with best-selling author and tech analyst Sonia Arrison! Dinner and drinks will be served h'orderve/tapas-style at 7pm; Sonia will present at 8pm, with personalized, small-group Q&A on the future of technology to follow.
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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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