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Notes for 400 hours of Richard Feynman's Hughes Lectures

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 12th, 2014

While a consultant for Hughes Aircraft Company from 1966 through 1971, Richard Feynman delivered about two hundred lectures that were available only to Hughes employees. Unfortunately these lectures were never recorded. An attendee has now released 1000 pages of notes he took and transcribed from these lectures.

Foresight Advisor Doug Engelbart, 1925-2013, will be greatly missed

Posted by Jim Lewis on July 3rd, 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.

Roadmap to an abundant future #1 on Amazon and BarnesAndNoble

Posted by Jim Lewis on February 20th, 2012

A new book documenting tremendous strides toward a better future reached #1 on both Amazon and BarnesAndNoble.

Holiday Greetings from Foresight!

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 8th, 2011

Foresight announces election of new president Larry Millstein; schedules “Meet The President: Dinner Reception” Monday 12/12, 6:30pm @ Don Giovanni’s in Mountain View, CA; kicks off Annual Challenge Grant – donate this month for double the value to Foresight!

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

Foresight@Google 25th Anniversary Reunion: Review and Closure

Posted by Jim Lewis on August 16th, 2011

June 25-26, 2011 Mountain View, California http://www.foresight.org/reunion/ Thanks to all for a successful summer conference! We’re still hearing about some great connections and synergies made at the gathering that will help further transformative nanotech. With the addition of NASA-Ames Singularity University grad students, as well as 20Under20 Thiel Fellows, there was standing room only on [...]

Foresight's recent past president honored by his undergraduate university

Posted by Jim Lewis on July 18th, 2011

Foresight’s recent past president J. Storrs “Josh” Hall was awarded the 2011 Achievement Award in the Sciences from his undergraduate alma mater Drew University: … During his subsequent graduate studies at Rutgers University, Hall found the field of nanotechnology. His first book, Nanofuture: What’s Next for Nanotechnology (Prometheus 2005), won the Foresight Institute’s Communications Prize [...]

Foresight@Google: Full Program of Speakers posted!

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 2nd, 2011

We are proud to announce our final conference program for Foresight@Google‘s 25th Anniversary Conference Celebration, held June 25-26 in Mountain View, CA.  For $50 off registration use code: NANODOT This weekend – full of plenary talks, panels, and breakout sessions – is a unique opportunity to be stimulated, enlightened and inspired by direct interaction with [...]

Making computers more error prone could make them much faster and more powerful

Posted by Jim Lewis on February 15th, 2011

MIT computer scientist Joseph Bates is featured in Business Week as an innovator working to make computers much faster and more powerful by letting the computer make estimates instead of making precise calculations for all steps.

More on first programmable nanoprocessor

Posted by Jim Lewis on February 14th, 2011

James C. Ellenbogen writes to provide insight and personal perspective on the world’s first programmable nanoprocessor, achieved as the product of a collaboration between Harvard and MITRE, with the team at MITRE comprising Shamik Das, James Klemic, and Ellenbogen.

Improved fuel cell catalyst combines graphene and nanoparticles

Posted by Jim Lewis on February 11th, 2011

Combining nanoparticles and graphene with platinum produces more efficient and durable catalyst for fuel cells.

First programmable nanowire circuits for nanoprocessors

Posted by Jim Lewis on February 9th, 2011

Researchers at Harvard and MITRE have produced the world’s first programmable nanoprocessor

Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology Awarded by Foresight Institute

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 20th, 2010

Palo Alto, CA – December 20, 2010 – The Foresight Institute, a nanotechnology education and public policy think tank based in Palo Alto, has announced the winners of the prestigious 2010 Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology. Established in 1993 in honor of Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman, two $5,000 prizes are awarded in two [...]

New book addresses nanotechnology education and workforce training

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 3rd, 2010

A book on nanotechnology education and workforce training written by Judith Light Feather and Miguel Aznar

Foresight’s student award-winners go on to great things

Posted by Christine Peterson on July 20th, 2010

Foresight Research Analyst and Technical Editor James Lewis has tracked the careers of those receiving Foresight’s student award.  Here are his findings on the careers of a few of these gifted young researchers: We at Foresight find it gratifying to track the subsequent careers of those who have won our nanotechnology-related prizes and awards, in [...]

Willow Garage reaches robotic milestone involving beer (video)

Posted by Christine Peterson on July 9th, 2010

Finishing off the week on a fun note, we see that robotic firm Willow Garage — of special interest to Foresight due to their emphasis on open source — has achieved an important milestone in robotics: namely, the ability for a robot to fetch a beer from the fridge and deliver it. It’s worth seeing [...]

Seeman, Eigler to share $1 million Kavli nano prize

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 4th, 2010

Foresight Feynman Prize winner Nadrian Seeman will share the $1 million Kavli Prize in nanoscience with IBM’s Don Eigler.  From the SciAm blog by Katie Moisse: Donald Eigler from IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., and Nadrian Seeman from New York University will jointly accept the nanoscience prize for illuminating the basic units of [...]

Freitas awarded first mechanosynthesis patent

Posted by Christine Peterson on April 12th, 2010

The winner of the 2009 Foresight Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology (Theory), Robert A. Freitas Jr., has now been granted the first diamond mechanosynthesis patent.  This is not just the first DMS patent but also, I believe, the first mechanosynthesis patent that has ever been issued.  Freitas is the sole inventor on this patent, which was [...]

Berkeley gets Willow Garage robot to fold towels: video

Posted by Christine Peterson on April 6th, 2010

Finally, the first step has been made toward the longed-for goal of a robot which can do laundry: http://singularityhub.com/2010/03/31/berkeley-gets-willow-garage-robot-to-fold-towels-simply-stunning-video/ Of course, this also gives us some idea of other formerly human-only tasks that robots are likely to take over in the next decade or two. Thanks to SingularityHub.com for bringing this to our attention.  —Chris [...]

Merkle wins Hamming Medal with Diffie, Hellman

Posted by Christine Peterson on February 16th, 2010

Foresight Institute Feynman Prize winner Dr. Ralph Merkle, perhaps better known to Nanodot readers for his nanotech work, has just won the IEEE’s Hamming Medal along with Martin Hellman and Whitfield Diffie: Thirty-five years ago, Martin Hellman, Whitfield Diffie and Ralph Merkle developed an easy method for sending secure messages over insecure channels. With the [...]