Emerging Technologies

Wikipedia defines “Emerging Technologies” as “technologies that are perceived as capable of changing the status quo. These technologies are generally new but include older technologies that are still controversial and relatively undeveloped in potential …” Foresight Institute was founded to focus on a subset of emerging technologies that were developing rapidly as the 20th century closed, and that are expected to be especially disruptive and to fundamentally transform human existence. Accordingly we speak here of “World-Shaping Technologies”.

Unrelated de novo enzyme replaces essential enzyme in cell

By | 2018-02-05T07:07:29+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Artificial Molecular Machines, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Bionanotechnology, Feynman Path, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanobiotechnology, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Productive Nanosystems, Research, Roadmaps, World-Shaping Technologies|

Iron-rich medium supports the growth of E. coli engineered to no longer have a natural Fes enzyme. They form small, unhealthy, red colonies because they accumulate iron bound to [...]

2015 Feynman Prize winner named 2018 Australian of the Year

By | 2018-01-27T13:29:08+00:00 January 27th, 2018|Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Computational nanotechnology, Foresight Kudos, Government programs, Investment/Entrepreneuring, Media Mentions, Memetics, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanobusiness, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, News, World-Shaping Technologies|

UNSW Sydney scientist Professor Michelle Simmons, the 2018 Australian of the Year, is presented with her award by the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. CREDIT: Salty Dingo It is [...]

Ultrafast DNA robotic arm: A step toward a nanofactory?

By | 2018-01-25T12:37:45+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Artificial Molecular Machines, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Bionanotechnology, Energy, Future Medicine, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanobiotechnology, Nanodot, Nanomedicine, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Research, World-Shaping Technologies|

Electric fields drive the rotating nano-crane – 100,000 times faster than previous methods. (Image: Enzo Kopperger / TUM) Rotation of the arm between two docking points (red [...]

Design of hyperstable constrained peptides

By | 2018-01-17T12:23:26+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Bionanotechnology, Computational nanotechnology, Foresight Kudos, Future Medicine, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanobiotechnology, Nanodot, Nanomedicine, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Productive Nanosystems, Research, World-Shaping Technologies|

Sixteen topologies of de novo designed hyperstable constrained peptides. Credit: Baker lab, University of Washington Protein design has been one of the major paths from current fabrication technology toward [...]

Changing the world with a nanofabricator that could make anything

By | 2018-01-10T09:31:14+00:00 January 10th, 2018|About Foresight, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Memetics, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Opinion, Opinion, Productive Nanosystems, Roadmaps, World-Shaping Technologies|

Image Credit: 3DSculptor / Shutterstock.com The Foresight Institute was founded in 1986 on a vision presented by Eric Drexler in which the ultimate manufacturing technology uses a machine termed [...]

Mechanical communication in a rotaxane molecular machine

By | 2018-01-09T08:01:45+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Artificial Molecular Machines, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Research, World-Shaping Technologies|

The structural formula of the rotaxane 1H3+. Above: The dibenzo[24]crown-8 macrocycle circles the dibenzylammonium site on the left end of the axle, which had been protonated by the addition [...]

Funding announcements for Atomically Precise Manufacturing

By | 2017-12-27T17:04:21+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Energy, Government programs, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, News, news, World-Shaping Technologies|

Credit - energy.gov/science-innovation Longtime Foresight member, and since October 2012 Technology Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy, David Forrest passes along these funding announcements about new opportunities [...]

Building atom-by-atom on insulator at room temperature

By | 2017-12-27T14:34:20+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Computational nanotechnology, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Productive Nanosystems, Research, Roadmaps, World-Shaping Technologies|

It’s not red and white, but the atoms are arranged in the shape of a Swiss cross (Credit: Physics department, University of Basel) If the above picture reminds you [...]

Blockchains, Cryptoeconomics, and Emerging Technology Risks

By | 2017-12-19T19:57:49+00:00 December 19th, 2017|About Foresight, Blockchains, Computer Security, Cryptoeconomics, Economics, Media Mentions, Memetics, Nanodot, New Institutions, Risk Management, World-Shaping Technologies|

Blockchain formation. The main chain (black) consists of the longest series of blocks from the genesis block (green) to the current block. Orphan blocks (purple) exist outside of the [...]

USA-Austrian and Swiss Nanocars finish first in first Nanocar race

By | 2017-09-28T11:59:53+00:00 June 11th, 2017|About Foresight, Artificial Molecular Machines, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Foresight Kudos, Foresight News, International organizations, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Transportation, World-Shaping Technologies|

If the current is high enough, the molecule starts to move and can be steered over the racetrack (University of Basel) Our previous post announced a race around [...]