… But perhaps the first and most important application in which atomically precise fabrication will make a critically important contribution is quantum computing. Back in 2012 we noted successes of Australian researchers in atomically-precise positioning of a single atom transistor and in writing of a single-atom qubit in silicon. Also in 2012 Foresight Update reported on a workshop sponsored by the Atomically Precise Manufacturing Consortium, NIST, and Zyvex Labs to discuss the fabrication of such atomically precise devices. Now Australian researchers have provided a blueprint for operational quantum computers. …
Biological molecular motors are amazing nanomachines that make all life possible, but even smaller artificial molecular motors based upon organic chemistry instead of biological polymers continue to become more complex and better controlled. A hat tip to Nanowerk …
As current day nanotechnology makes incremental advances in technologies that advance the goal of atomic precision in control of the structure of matter, such as DNA nanotechnology, such advances sometimes also provide opportunities to apply primitive nanomachines to current needs. …
New tools that provide chemists with greater ability to build more complex molecules are important steps on the path to atomically precise manufacturing. The newsroom of the University of Vermont reports a “fundamentally new way to control the shape of molecules.” …
The frequent improvements and extensions of scaffolded DNA origami testify to the usefulness of this technology. A hat tip to KurzweilAI for reporting this advance from Kyoto University organizing DNA origami nanostructures into micrometer-scale 2D arrays …
… Besides sharing a Nobel Prize for Physics Richard Feynman was also well-known as an exceptionally effective teacher. A year ago we were privileged to communicate the availability, through the efforts of Mr. John Neer, of 400 hours of Richard Feynman’s Hughes Lectures. An article on The Smithsonian publicizes the free to read online edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics, long recognized as the definitive physics textbook. Since well-understood physical law is the foundation for the expectation that High-Throughput Atomically Precise Manufacturing is feasible, a sound understanding of basic physics provides an excellent foundation for thinking about the future of technology. …
… Prof. Olson began with three simple points on interacting with and understanding the nanoscale world: (1) human interaction—how we understand something that we can’t see directly; (2) how we integrate data from lots of different sources to form a picture of what is happening at the nanoscale; (3) how we develop software tools to move forward in these areas.…
The October 1, 2015 podcast of The Optimized Geek: Reboot Your Life, with host SEO expert, author, and professional speaker Stephan Spencer featured Foresight Co-Founder and Past President Christine Peterson: A Glimpse at the Future Lifespan of Humans (55 minutes).
Christine explained the development of nanotechnology in three stages. Currently we are moving from the first stage focus on nanomaterials, like stain-resistant pants, into the second phase, dominated by nanoscale devices. The most exciting change will come with the third stage, in which systems of molecular machines will operate with atomic precision. …
Workshop on Atomic Precision for Medical Applications
Foresight Institute's 2015 Workshop on Atomic Precision for Medical Applications was held May 29-31, 2015, in Palo Alto, California. This was a highly interactive and stimulating 2-1/2 day invitational meeting focused on long-term prospects for revolutionary advances in medical applications based on improved precision in our control of matter, and how to speed current research in that direction. For a short video on the event plus a list of participants: http://www.foresight.org/Conferences/APMA_Workshop_2015.html. A white paper based upon the workshop will be released soon.
Nominations are now open for the 2015 Foresight Feynman Prizes and Distinguished Student Award
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