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Rational design of peptoids: a route to advanced nanotechnology?

Foresight Update 25.09—September 14, 2012
ISSN 1078-9731


The 2013 Foresight Technical Conference
Illuminating Atomic Precision
January 11-13, 2013
Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Palo Alto, CA

Foresight Youth Outreach

Summer/Fall 2012 Essay Contest & Literature Program

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AI for synthetic chemistry may provide more building blocks for nanotechnology

From the standpoint of the development of advanced nanotechnology, the most useful type of machine intelligence is AI that facilitates scientific and engineering design. A computer network described in this news release from Northwestern University could greatly facilitate chemical synthesis useful for the development of molecular manufacturing …

Rational design of peptoids: a route to advanced nanotechnology?

Peptoids are chemical cousins of proteins that present opportunities for molecular engineering comparable to but different from those presented by biomolecular systems … Progress toward rational design of peptoids has been reported by a team of scientists …

Nanotechnology a theme of first Autodesk Design Night

The first Design Night at the Autodesk Gallery had the theme “Small is the next big thing: Exploring the frontiers of bio and nano technology” and featured Foresight co-founder Christine Peterson as a combatant in Autodesk Ideas Cage Match (nano vs bio; nano won!) …

Feynman 1984 talk on Tiny Machines on You Tube

The conceptual history of nanotechnology is usually traced to a classic talk “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom” that Richard Feynman gave on December 29th 1959 … Feynman gave an updated version of that talk on October 25, 1984 during a weeklong experiential seminar at the Esalen Institute … He called the talk “Tiny Machines” …

Shear-activated nanoparticles may target blood clots

A novel nanoparticle that aggregates under normal blood flow but breaks apart under high shear stress encountered in regions of vascular narrowing was found to improve survival in mice with occluded blood vessels with 1/50th of the normal dose of a standard clot-busting drug …

Foresight at Singularity University and in CNBC documentary

1)Foresighters Christine Peterson and Desiree Dudley will be speaking at NASA-Ames’ Singularity University this Monday night, August 13th …

2)Foresight CoFounder Christine Peterson and Director Desiree Dudley will appear in their role as mentors for the Thiel Foundation’s 20Under20 in CNBC’s documentary “20Under20: Transforming Tomorrow ”…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis and Christine Peterson

Foresight Events and News

The 2013 Foresight Technical Conference
Illuminating Atomic Precision

January 11-13, 2013
Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Palo Alto, CA USA

Conference Co-Chairs
Larry S. Millstein, President, Foresight Institute
J. Fraser Stoddart, Board of Trustees Professor, Northwestern University

Diamond Sponsor: The Thiel Foundation
Silver Sponsors: Autodesk, Zyvex Labs

Over 30 leading researchers will present reviews and results on a wide range of research relating to atomic and molecularly precise devices and materials, and their fabrication. The conference will provide an unusually heterogeneous mix of speakers and participants, serving as a catalyst for interdisciplinary dialog and productive collaboration.

Sessions and confirmed speakers include –

Atomic Scale Devices
John Randall, Zyvex Labs (Session Chair);
Ezra Bussmann, Sandia National Laboratory
Gerhard Klimeck, Purdue University (nanoHub and Comp Nano Net)
Philip Moriarty, University of Nottingham
Joe Lyding, University of Illinois
Neil Sarkar, Integrated Scanning Probe Instruments
Bob Wolkow, University of Alberta
Leonhard Grill, Fritz-Haber-Institut of the Max-Planck-Society

Molecular Machines and Non-Equillibriun Processes
J. Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University (Session Chair)
Dean Astumian, University of Maine
Ben Feringa, University of Groningen
Miguel Garcia-Garibay, Univeristy of California - Los Angelos
Josef Michl, University of Colorado
Mark A. Ratner, Northwestern University
Edie Sevick, Australian National University

Self Organizing and Adaptive Systems
Lee Cronin, Glasgow University (Session Chair)
Neil Champness, University of Nottingham
Bartosz A. Grzybowski, Northwestern University
Bruno Pignataro, University of Palermo
Oliver Steinbock, Florida State University
Rein Ulijn, University of Strathclyde

Commercially Implemented Single Molecule Technologies
SteveTurner, Pacific Biosciences (Session Chair)
Mark Akeson, UC-Santa Cruz
John Eid, Pacific Biosciences

Computation and Molecular Nanotechnologies
Alex Wissner-Gross, Harvard and MIT (Session Chair)
Alan Aspuru-Guzik, Harvard University
James Ellenbogen, MITRE Corp.
Gerhard Klimeck, Purdue University (nanoHub and Comp Nano Net)
William Goddard, CalTech

Additional speakers will include the Feynman Prize winners for Theory and for Experiment for both 2011 and 2012, and the winners of the Feynman Student Prizes for 2011 and 2012.

Look for further details on the conference, the speakers and the events in the coming weeks and months. Registration will open in September.

Foresight Youth Outreach
Summer/Fall 2012 Essay Contest & Literature Program

What keeps young people working on hard problems in science & technology? Research shows it's most often the sustained support of inspiring teachers, mentors, & communities with shared values.

This month, Foresight is targeting the top 300 science, engineering, & entrepreneurially-oriented college clubs, high school STEM teachers, & gifted youth programs across the country … and connecting them with great ideas & people!

We're sending bright young minds the following books by speakers, advisors, & supporters of the Foresight community (organizations sponsoring individual book donations are in parentheses):

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think - Peter Diamandis (XPrize Foundation)
Engines of Creation - K Eric Drexler (Foresight Institute)
Imagine Design Create - Tom Wujec (AutoDesk)
The Singularity Is Near - Ray Kurzweil (KurzweilAI, SingularityU)
Ending Aging - Aubrey deGrey (SENS Foundation)
100+ - Sonia Arrison (Thiel Foundation)
Global Catastrophic Risks - Nick Bostrom (FHI, Singularity Institute)
NanoScience Education, WorkForce Training, and K12 Resources - Miguel Aznar/Judith Lightfeather (Foresight - for STEM HS)

We're also planning an inspiring Essay Contest that incentivizes students to read, reflect, & connect with our communities! Supporting sister organizations such as Space Frontier Foundation, Humanity+, SENS, and 20Under20+ are also putting promotional material in book-boxes.

We need your help to make this pilot a success.
Most books came in as physical donations, but this is a bootstrapped project; we're still seeking funds to support the financial incentive prizes, student conference tickets, & remaining books being shipped in this week. If you'd like to help maximize this project's leverage, please contribute!

Whether $5 for one book's postal costs or $5K for essay prizes, every $ counts.

For more information, contact our Director of Outreach:

Help us inspire the next generation of world-changers!

Bay Area Dinner Lectures Resume Fall 2013

Foresight had some great dinner lectures this spring from speakers such as 100+ author Sonia Arrison and Harvard Fellow/MIT Media Lab Affiliate Alex Wissner-Gross. We will be taking a break this summer; but we will resume in the Fall.

Other Upcoming Activities of Interest

A future issue of Update will report on the FNANO conference held this Spring at Snowbird.

Macro- and Supramolecular Architectures and Materials (MAM-12)

November 21-25, 2012
Coimbatore, India

Novel materials will play a key role in science and technology in the 21st century.

Printed Electronics USA 2012

December 5-6, 2012
Santa Clara, CA USA

Printed Electronics is one of the fastest growing technologies in the world. This event, the World's largest on the topic and growing rapidly every year, is your information and networking hub on the topic. Printed Electronics USA is co-located with the Photovoltaics IDTechEx event.

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