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Photos from 2014 Foresight Technical Conference

Posted by Jim Lewis on June 24th, 2014

The photos from the 2014 Foresight Technical Conference highlight entrepreneurial efforts in space, biotechnology, and life extension.

Expanded DNA alphabet provides more options for nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on May 14th, 2014

A bacterium has been engineered to stably propagate a DNA written with six letters instead of the usual four, greatly expanding the number of amino acids, both natural and synthetic, that can be genetically encoded. Further work could lead to novel proteins incorporating these additional amino acids, and from there to novel materials, devices, and machines.

Foresight Invitational Workshop: Nanotechnology for Developing Countries

Posted by Jim Lewis on September 30th, 2013

An invitational workshop to address the opportunities and challenges of nanotechnology for developing countries will be held in parallel with Foresight’s open nanotechnology conference “The Integration Conference”.

$100,000 grants for 20 entrepreneurs under 20 years to develop their dreams

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 20th, 2012

Apply by December 31 for one of 20 $100,000 grants offered by the Thiel Foundation to those under 20 to develop their entrepreneurial dreams.

Know a young visionary who deserves a large grant? Deadline Dec 31

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 15th, 2011

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.

Deadline THIS FRIDAY for early rate on Open Science Summit

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 20th, 2011

Excellent lineup of speakers again this year for the Open Science Summit, Oct. 22-23, and you can get in for only $100 if you register by this Friday:  http://opensciencesummit.com Hope to see you there!  —Christine Peterson, President, Foresight Institute

Green Nanotechnology Roadmap Highlights Opportunities and Challenges

Posted by Jim Lewis on August 23rd, 2011

A green nanotechnology roadmap released by the American Chemical Society describes the opportunities and barriers to developing commercial applications of nanomaterials that present little threat of harm to health and the environment, and concludes with an action agenda to more forward.

Free webcast this weekend of Foresight Conference at Google

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 23rd, 2011

We’re going to take a shot at doing a live webcast of Foresight@Google: 25th Anniversary Conference and Celebration. See this page for schedule and link: http://foresight.org/reunion/schedule.html It’s free so please have patience if we run into any technical difficulties. You can try sending questions to speakers by using this Twitter tag (though in-person participants get first [...]

Is policy uncertainty the cause of anemic growth in nanotechnology innovation?

Posted by Jim Lewis on March 17th, 2011

Will proposals to establish criteria for green nanotechnology foster growth of nanotechnology innovation?

Congressman Commends Focus on Job Creation in National Nanotechnology Initiative Draft Strategic Plan

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 6th, 2010

Research and Science Education Subcommittee Chairman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) expressed his strong support for the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s draft Strategic Plan, in particular its focus on ensuring that America’s substantial investment in nanotech research and development is turned into new companies, products, and jobs.

FREE Webinar: Breakthrough Nanotechnology Companies

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 19th, 2010

This talk will highlight several examples that you may not be following of companies with the breakthroughs to drive forward during the recovery.

Open Science Summit videos available

Posted by Jim Lewis on October 23rd, 2010

Video footage of conference focused on “Updating the social contract for Science”

Humanity+ @ Caltech

Posted by Jim Lewis on October 17th, 2010

Redefining Humanity in the Era of Radical Technological Change, December 4-5, 2010, Pasadena, CA

Japan, Germany, S. Korea commercialize nanotech better than U.S.

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 24th, 2010

Nanodot normally focuses on longer-term nanotechnologies such as molecular manufacturing, but we do like to keep an eye on how different countries compare to each other in nanotech and technology in general. Below is an excerpt from a recent Lux Research announcement; you can read the full PDF here: U.S. Risks Losing Global Leadership in [...]

Don’t miss the Open Science Summit, July 29-31, in person or live webcast

Posted by Christine Peterson on July 19th, 2010

The Open Science Summit on July 29-31 in Berkeley is looking better and better. Topics include OpenPCR, DIY biology, open source hardware, brain preservation, synthetic biology, gene patents, open data, open access journals, reputation engines, crowd-funding and microfinance for science, citizen science, biohacking, open source biodefense, cure entrepreneurs, open source drug discovery, patent pools, tech transfer, and [...]

Mindsteading

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on April 16th, 2009

Reading this essay by Peter Thiel, I was struck by an amusing (though almost certainly coincidental) parallel. Thiel mentions three areas in which people interested in freedom may manage to get out from under the thumb of excessive government: cyberspace, seasteading, and outer space. The parallel is to three fronts on which people are pursuing [...]

Google to invest in nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on April 6th, 2009

Google has started a venture-capital unit to fund new technologies, including nanotechnology.

Steve Jurvetson on nature’s nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on March 4th, 2009

Many thanks to the Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech Report for permission to reprint the following interview with Steve Jurvetson “Writing the Code of Life”, which appeared in their February 2009 issue. There aren’t many investors as sharp, quick or multi-disciplinary as Steve Jurvetson,Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. His firm is a leading venture capital firm [...]

Free webinar on "Today’s Pioneering Nanotechnology Companies"

Posted by Jim Lewis on September 23rd, 2008

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is offering a free webinar on “Today’s Pioneering Nanotechnology Companies: The Race for a Trillion Dollar Market“, presented by Foresight Senior Associate Tihamer “Tee” Toth-Fejel. Today’s Pioneering Nanotechnology Companies: The Race for a Trillion Dollar Market A popular feature of SME’s annual NanoManufacturing Conference, now brought to you as a [...]

Jurvetson on nanotechnology startup ecosystem

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 3rd, 2008

Our favorite nanotechnology VC is Steve Jurvetson, who is interviewed over at LiveMint.com from India, which is affiliated with The Wall Street Journal. An excerpt: How are the elements of the nanotech start-up ecosystem different from other sectors? First, it is hard to find human talent because a lot of the really interesting breakthroughs happen [...]