The 1st Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology: Research, Applications, and Policy will be held at the Crystal City Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC. The Conference will begin on the morning of Friday, October 22, and end Sunday, October 24, 2004.
Advances in a wide variety of technical fields are leading to the ability to build large, complex devices to atomic precision using molecular machine systems — an ability first recognized by Richard Feynman over 40 years ago. In the decades to come, this powerful technology is expected to revolutionize virtually all physical technologies, with profound impacts on fields from medicine and the environment to space transportation and homeland security.
Foresight Institute's first Conference on Nanotechnology, which pre-dated the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative by a decade, was the first comprehensive conference on the topic of nanotechology. Foresight-sponsored events continue to be the premiere venue for discussing new and innovative multidisciplinary research in nanotechnology and what these developments will mean for society.
This new meeting series will examine all aspects of advanced nanotechnology, also termed molecular manufacturing or MNT: research status, prospects for disruptive applications, and policy issues — including maximizing access for those who would not otherwise benefit.
Researchers and technologists should attend Days 1 and 2; policy advisors, public interest representatives, investors, and interested citizens should attend Days 2 and 3. Those wishing a comprehensive picture of the Next Industrial Revolution should attend Days 1, 2, and 3. For those planning a career or investment related to this emerging field, attendance on all three days is strongly recommended.
This meeting will examine the prospect of building with atomic precision using molecular machine systems. How far along are we toward this goal? What will it mean for the environment, medicine, national competitiveness, and the military? How can we aim for preferred social outcomes? Join us as we look at the Next Industrial Revolution in a forum accessible to policymakers and NGO representatives as well as scientists and technologists across multiple disciplines.
There will be oral presentations and poster sessions during the conference. All those who wish either to speak or to present a poster must submit an abstract. The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words including references and footnotes. Each submitted abstract may include only one graphic in jpg or gif format. The size should be no larger than 400 x 400 pixels (will be displayed at 72 dpi). Abstracts not in the appropriate format will be returned without being considered.
All accepted abstracts will be permanently available on the web at www.foresight.org.
Nadrian Seeman, New York University, on three-dimensional DNA construction and computation Christian Schafmeister, Stephen Habay, Christopher Levins, Paul Morgan, Sharad Gupta, Gregory Bird; University of Pittsburgh; on a synthetic approach to water soluble nanoscale molecules with controlled structures Amar Flood and Fraser Stoddart, UCLA, on artificial molecular machines with mechanically interlocked components, via supramolecular assistance to covalent synthesis David Baker, University of Washington, on designing stable protein structures with a specified backbone folding structure William Goddard, Caltech, on modeling molecular machine parts and construction Ari Requicha, University of Southern California, on nanorobotics and programmable assembly of molecular-size components by self-assembly and scanning probes J. Storrs Hall, Molecular Engineering Research Institute and Nanorex Inc., on techniques for the modeling of molecular mechanical systems, and what these enable for the engineering of active nanosystems Robert A. Freitas Jr., Institute for Molecular Manufacturing, on diamond mechanosynthesis Tihamer Toth-Fejel, General Dynamics, on indirectly-replicating nanomachines: a kinematic cellular automata approach Tad Hogg, HP Labs, on control of microscopic robotic systems with simulation examples from nanomedicine applications K. Eric Drexler, Molecular Engineering Research Institute, on paths from current research to functional molecular machine systems Ralph Merkle, Georgia Tech, on computational nanotechnology for molecular machine systems
Scott Mize, Foresight Institute, on ensuring the beneficial and vigorous development of nanotechnology Gayle Pergamit, Aguavia and Biophiltre, LLC, on low cost, high performance filtration for medicine and the environment Chris Phoenix, Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, on clean nanomanufacturing; and on major implications of molecular manufacturing Stephen Gillett, Foresight Institute, and Ralph Merkle, Georgia Tech, on clean energy and resources using molecular manufacturing Thomas McKendree, Raytheon, on molecular manufacturing for space-based construction and transportation Calvin Shipbaugh, former RAND, on international competitiveness and national security Robert A. Freitas Jr., Institute for Molecular Manufacturing, on nanomedicine Bryan Bruns, Foresight Institute, on MNT for international development and reducing global poverty David Friedman, Santa Clara University, on economic impact from molecular manufacturing Robin Hanson, George Mason University, on MNT for increased openness, freedom & security Brad Templeton, Electronic Frontier Foundation, on privacy issues with MNT Debate: Nanosurveillance — Is a Transparent Society the Right Answer?
Christine Peterson, Foresight Institute, on societal and ethical impacts of molecular manufacturing Patrick Parker, Naval Postgraduate School, on strategic and security issues Richard H. Smith, Nanoverse LLC, on U.S. public policy for advanced nanotechnology Adam Keiper, The New Atlantis, on political aspects of molecular nanotechnology in the U.S. Gary Marchant, Arizona State University, on regulatory models for molecular manufacturing Howard Lovy, NanoBot, on the controversies and politics of molecular manufacturing Tim Harper, CMP Cientifica and European NanoBusiness Association, on nanotechnology in the lab and for business Neil Jacobstein, Institute for Molecular Manufacturing, on updating the Foresight Guidelines on Developing Molecular Nanotechnology David Berube, J.D. Shipman, University of South Carolina NanoCenter, on the development of nanoscience and nanotechnology policy in the United States Ted Sabety, Sabety+associates, PLLC, on which intellectual property policies promote growth