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Debate: “How do we get there from here?” at SME nano conference

Posted by Christine Peterson on May 4th, 2010

Here we present a special report from Dave Conz of ASU on Josh Hall’s talk and subsequent panel discussion at the SME nanotech conference.  An excerpt: Technoscientific development is difficult to direct and nearly impossible to predict.  Because of this – not in spite of it – panel discussions like “How Do We Get There [...]

Technological singularity and acceleration studies: call for papers

Posted by Christine Peterson on April 2nd, 2010

This conference track is being chaired by a real computer scientist with a specialty in AI, so it should be more meaty than some popular discussions of this challenging topic: We invite submissions describing systematic attempts at understanding the likelihood and nature of these projections. In particular, we welcome papers critically analyzing the following issues [...]

Free pass to SME Nanomanufacturing Conference

Posted by Christine Peterson on March 29th, 2010

Once again, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers has donated one free pass to their Nanomanufacturing Conference to Foresight: April 14-15, 2010 — SME Nanomanufacturing Conference Hilton Phoenix East in Mesa, Arizona–001875-000007-nhome–SME- This includes free admission to one of the pre-conference workshops on April 13, including Understanding Nanotechnology, taught by Foresight Senior Associate Tihamer “Tee” [...]

State-of-the-art Nanoprobes at Stanford, May 14

Posted by Christine Peterson on March 22nd, 2010

If you appreciate the mind-boggling abilities of today’s nanoscale probes and microscopes, and/or want to move your career in the direction of nanotechnology, consider joining the Center for Probing the Nanoscale gang at Stanford’s 6th Annual Nanoprobes Workshop on May 14, 2010.  Registration accepted until May 7.  Fees range from $100 for industry to free for [...]

The protein engineering path to molecular manufacturing

Posted by Christine Peterson on March 16th, 2010

One way to reach molecular machine systems is to get really, really good at protein engineering. If that’s your goal, you’ll want to be in Boston on May 17-21 for PEGS 2010, “the essential protein engineering summit”. Not sure if this is your pathway? Just reading the talk titles is educational. And they have great [...]

Hanson / Moldbug debate video available

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on February 10th, 2010

The debate held at Foresight 2010 between Robin Hanson and Mencius Moldbug on the subject of futarchy is now online at Vimeo. Watch it online or download it: 1. Get a vimeo account by registering. 2. Option-click on the download link close to the bottom right on the video’s page 3. Wait an hour It’s [...]

Feynman anniversary event to be held at University of South Carolina

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on January 23rd, 2010

Feynman anniversary event to be held at University of South Carolina. h/t Nanowerk In February 1960, the Caltech magazine Engineering & Science published Feynman’s “Plenty of Room”, and it has been re-published ten times since then. This has become one of the best-known papers in the history of nanotechnology. The fiftieth anniversary of the initial [...]

My slides from Foresight2010

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on January 21st, 2010

Roadmaps to Nanotech and AGI slides are here Josh [note -- we know about the permission problem, trying to get it fixed][should be fixed now]

This weekend: free webcast of Foresight Conference

Posted by Christine Peterson on January 15th, 2010

There’s still time to register, but if you just can’t participate in person this year, check out the free webcast of the Foresight Conference being held this weekend in Palo Alto. The bandwidth coming out of the Sheraton is marginal, so the video will be low-res, but we will be posting high-res videos later, funds permitting [...]

Life extension: taking those first steps

Posted by Christine Peterson on December 28th, 2009

Longtime readers know that we at Foresight would prefer that our members, and Nanodot readers in general, actually live long enough to experience the benefits of molecular nanotechnology personally.  In that vein, we bring to your attention America’s Wellness Challenge, which I am helping as a member of their Social Media Advisory Board. If you [...]

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: 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 [...]

Nanotechnology for chemical and biological defense: the book

Posted by Christine Peterson on September 2nd, 2009

Here at Foresight our main focus is on longer-term technologies such as molecular manufacturing, but we keep an eye on what’s arriving along the nearer-term pathways as well.  In 2007 I attended a workshop on “Nanotechnology for Chemical and Biological Defense” and the proceedings volume of that meeting, with the same name, is now available. [...]

Drexler’s slides posted

Posted by J. Storrs Hall on May 7th, 2009

Eric Drexler has posted the slides from his keynote talk at the Berkeley Nanotech Forum. These are a fairly painless way to get an overview of the Productive Nanosystems Roadmap.

Conference to tackle ethics of nanotechnology and human enhancement

Posted by Jim Lewis on March 25th, 2009

Conference to tackle what they claim is “the single most important issue in science & society in this century.”

Videos from Convergence08 Unconference available

Posted by Jim Lewis on March 20th, 2009

Jeriaska has made available videos of presentations from Convergence08, held on November 15-16, 2008 in Mountain View, California, to examine the convergence of NBIC (Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno) technologies. Among those of special interest to Nanodot readers: Mapping a Cone of Uncertainty, Paul Saffo Convergence: Artificial Intelligence Panel, Peter Norvig, Steve Omohundro, Ben Goertzel, Barney Pell Convergence: Synthetic [...]

Study of the FDA’s ability to regulate nanotechnology-based dietary supplements to be released

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 16th, 2008

How well prepared is the FDA to regulate nanotech products? Perhaps not very well, at least in the area of dietary supplements.

Prediction Markets Summit for 2009 announced

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 24th, 2008

A “Call for Participation” for the first post-US election Prediction Markets Summit and Collective Intelligence Conference of 2009 has been announced.

Follow Convergence 08 on FastForward Radio

Posted by Jim Lewis on November 14th, 2008

If you are unable to attend the Convergence08 Unconference this weekend, you can follow some of the developments on FastForward Radio. Christine Peterson and Stephen Gordon pass along this information: This weekend The Speculist will be presenting not one, but two editions of FastForward Radio, both coming to you live from the Convergence 08 Unconference [...]

European conference focuses on nanotechnology as alternative to fossil fuels

Posted by Jim Lewis on October 15th, 2008

Nanotech pathways to a sustainable energy economy are generating a great deal of interest in Europe.