Reviewing Eric Drexler’s Radical Abundance, Phil Bowermaster provides an informed and insightful overview of the controversies that greeted the proposal for a nanotechnology aimed at developing a practical technology for atomically precise manufacturing. Along the way he shows how Drexler’s outlook evolved from 1986 to 2013.
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Doug Wolens’s documentary “THE SINGULARITY: Will we survive our technology” premieres at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre September 16, 2013.
The visionary technologist who invented the computer mouse and hypertext linking, and helped bring about the Information Revolution joined Foresight in advocating online discussion and argumentation systems for exploring emerging technologies.
Nanotechnology outreach and education in Latin America, a buckyball toy, and a Swiss nanotechnology education kit featuring a Lego + laser model of an atomic force microscope
Foresight Advisor Peter H. Diamandis will make the case that the world is getting better at an accelerating rate in a webcast presented on April 11 by Singularity University. Registration required to participate.
A talk at TEDxBerkeley includes nanotechnology among the options for digital fabrication, one of five new rules of innovation.
A new book documenting tremendous strides toward a better future reached #1 on both Amazon and BarnesAndNoble.
The Thiel Foundation is offering $100,000 grants to innovators age 19 or younger who want to skip college and focus on their work, their research, and their self-education—Deadline Dec 31.
In a lecture at Oxford Eric Drexler argued that atomically precise manufacturing will be the next great revolution in the material basis of civilization, and discussed how we can establish reliable knowledge about key aspects of such technologies.
Proposed projects to use smartphone networks to gather data and inform authorities are opening discussion of how such data should be used.
A poll of NewScientist readers selected medical nanorobots as the technology that will have the biggest impact on human life in the next 30 years.
David Hanson of Hanson Robotics argues that building humanlike robots will push the boundaries of several scientific and technical disciplines and prevent intelligent machines from becoming dangerous as they achieve true general intelligence.
In a review of physicist and television host Michio Kaku’s latest book, Foresight advisor Glenn Reynolds finds reason for optimism, but also cause for concern in the career choices of today’s brightest minds.
Does nanotechnology need more energetic PR, and if so, what kind?
A cover article in Time magazine portrays the Singularity, Ray Kurzweil, AI, life extension, and nanotechnology as “an idea that rewards sober, careful evaluation.”
Humanity+ @ Caltech: Redefining Humanity in the Era of Radical Technological Change is being streamed live.
Video footage of conference focused on “Updating the social contract for Science”
Redefining Humanity in the Era of Radical Technological Change, December 4-5, 2010, Pasadena, CA
Longtime Foresight supporter John Gilmore writes: “I noticed a story that reminded me of something Foresight wanted to encourage in society. Wired reports that the CIA uses decision analysis software ‘Analysis of Competing Hypotheses’, and has funded a rewritten version for shared networked analysis by many people. But the gov’t contractors got into a hassle [...]
In the mailbag today: A new fiction book Beyond Guilty by Richard Brawer, who got help on it from Robert Freitas, winner of the 2009 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Theory. Brawer wrote, “Robert A. Freitas Jr., Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing, has graciously edited the references to nanomanufacturing and nanomedicine [...]