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J Storrs Hall on FastForward Radio tonight

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on December 29th, 2009

Tonight on Fast Forward Radio J Storrs Hall, president of Foresight joins FFR to continue their special series leading up Foresight 2010. The conference, January 16-17 in Palo Alto, California, provides a unique opportunity to explore the convergence of nanotechnology and artificial intelligence and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Foresight [...]

Robin Hanson and Brian Wang Tonight on Fast Forward Radio

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on December 23rd, 2009

(h/t Next Big Future) Tonight on Fast Forward Radio Economist Robin Hanson and futurist Brian Wang join us as we continue our special series leading up Foresight 2010. The conference, January 16-17 in Palo Alto, California, provides a unique opportunity to explore the convergence of nanotechnology and artificial intelligence and to celebrate the 20th anniversary [...]

Merkle and Anissimov on FastForwardRadio

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on December 15th, 2009

The Speculist blog’s FastForwardRadio podcast is featuring speakers from Foresight’s upcoming conference next month (January 16-17 in Palo Alto) for the next few weeks. Tonight: Futurist Michael Anissimov and nanotechnologist Ralph Merkle.  10:00 Eastern/9:00 Central/8:00 Mountain/7:00 Pacific.  

Foresight 2010: register now for discounts!

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on December 10th, 2009

Our conference is coming up January 16-17.  Conference page and registration info here. Time is running out for registration and lodging discounts! I put together the slate of speakers for this conference by inviting the speakers I personally wanted to hear, talking about AI and nanotech and how they will change the shape of the [...]

Foresight 2010: the Synergy of Molecular Manufacturing and AGI

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on November 23rd, 2009

This year is the 20th anniversary of the original Foresight Conference on Nanotechnology. The neat, clear vision of nanotechnology we had in 1989 rested on two key aspects that would make it a transformative, rather than merely an evolutionary, technology: The ability to construct and observe at the atomic scale, and the construction of machines [...]

Eliezer doth protest too much, methinks

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on October 9th, 2009

Less Wrong: I’m Not Saying People Are Stupid. The real question isn’t whether people are stupid. The real question is whether people make decisions that matter a lot incorrectly. I claim that we’ve already, as a society, decided that they do.  We’ve replaced kings — human beings — with artificial rule-based decision procedures based on [...]

Foresight Institute Announces Feynman Prize Winners

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on October 6th, 2009

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct 06, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Foresight Institute, a nanotechnology education and public policy think tank based in Palo Alto, has announced the winners of the prestigious 2009 Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology. Established in 1993 in honor of Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman, two $5,000 prizes are awarded in [...]

Site hacked — apologies

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on August 4th, 2009

Spammers hacked into Foresight.org recently and inserted junk into some of our pages;  we think we’ve gotten rid of it but let us know if you see any more!

Feynman Prize nominations: last chance

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on June 29th, 2009

The nominations for Foresight’s 2009 Feynman Prize will be closing soon, so if you know someone who has done outstanding work to advance the goal of molecular nanotechnology, please visit the Instructions Page to nominate them. Research areas considered relevant to MNT (e.g., productive nanosystems and molecular machine systems) include but are not limited to: [...]

Feynman Prize nominations now open, also Communications, Student Prizes

Posted by Christine Peterson on May 21st, 2009

Nominations are now open for the Foresight Institute Prizes for 2009, due June 30. Our best-known prizes of course are the two annual Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology, one for Experiment and one for Theory: Description Instructions Also open are nominations for the Foresight Prize in Communications: Description Instructions And the Student Prize: Description [...]

Nanotechnology Public Interest Group Appoints Dr. J. Storrs Hall President

Posted by Jim Lewis on February 12th, 2009

The Foresight Institute has appointed Dr. J. Storrs Hall to the position of President.

Foresight — with Peripheral Vision: Nanotech & AI forecast from Josh Hall

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 9th, 2008

Josh Hall, author of Nanofuture: What’s Next for Nanotechnology, sends this message to Nanodot readers: Dear Foresight members & friends, It’s the time of year when many of you are renewing your Foresight memberships, and helping us meet our $30,000 goal for our Challenge Grant by December 31: http://www.foresight.org/challenge I believe that the next decade [...]

Arthur Kantrowitz, 1913-2008, Foresight Advisor

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 3rd, 2008

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Prof. Arthur Kantrowitz, a founding Advisor of Foresight Institute and an early supporter of molecular nanotechnology concepts when they were first developed at MIT in the late 1970s by then-student K. Eric Drexler. Arthur was an amazingly innovative scientist and technologist, as described in [...]

Defining international standards for nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 3rd, 2008

You might think that by now the definitions of terms like “nanotechnology” and “nanosystems” would be firmly established. In fact the process of arriving at an international consensus is more difficult than you might expect. Representing Foresight in the effort to define these and other terms is David R. Forrest, Ph.D., President of the Institute [...]

Foresight Unconference on nanotechnology, advanced software, future technologies

Posted by Christine Peterson on October 3rd, 2007

Registration is now open to new and renewing Senior Associate members; cost for Senior Associate members to attend the meeting is $65. Space is limited. Join us! —Christine 1st Foresight Unconference to Be Held November 3-4 in Silicon Valley Event will explore nanotechnology, advanced software, life extension, future technologies Palo Alto, CA — Foresight Nanotech [...]

Nanotechnology & more at Foresight Vision Weekend, Nov. 3-4

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 16th, 2007

We are very pleased to announce the dates and location of the 2007 Foresight Vision Weekend, to be held November 3-4 in at Yahoo! headquarters here in Silicon Valley. We’ve learned that you demand a highly interactive meeting, so this year we’ll be experimenting with a new format including big chunks of time for the [...]

Dr. Pearl Chin named Foresight President

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 8th, 2007

After a lengthy search, Foresight Nanotech Institute is very pleased to announce our new President, Dr. Pearl Chin. You can see her bio and photo on our website. Welcome to the team, Pearl! —Christine Nanotechnology Think Tank Appoints Dr. Pearl Chin President Foresight Nanotech Institute to further research, policy Palo Alto, Calif. June 8, 2007 [...]

Feynman’s Birthday today: read his classic talk, then nominate for Feynman Prize

Posted by Christine Peterson on May 11th, 2006

Judy Conner here at Foresight points out that today is Richard Feynman’s birthday — he would have been 88. Sadly, he died at age 69 instead, of cancer. I was fortunate enough to have heard him lecture and interact informally with students at Caltech; he made you understand physics, or at least feel that you [...]

Deadline Saturday for 2005 deductions to support nanotech

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 30th, 2005

To get a U.S. tax deduction in 2005, visit this page, see how Foresight is doing on our $40,000 Challenge Grant, and give by midnight this Saturday. If taking a 2005 deduction isn’t useful or possible for you, give any time through January 31, 2006, to take advantage of the dollar-for-dollar matching. Thanks for your [...]

Feynman Prizewinning work explained

Posted by Christine Peterson on November 21st, 2005

For a layperson’s explanation of 2005 Feynman Prize winner Christian Schafmeister’s work, see this piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Taking this cue from nature, Dr. Schafmeister and his students have spent the last five years concocting their own set of 14 building blocks — the molecular equivalent of Lego pieces. “By his estimation, that’s enough [...]