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US government report highlights flaws in US nanotechnology effort

Posted by Jim Lewis on April 1st, 2014

The concern of the US GAO for a gap in nanomanufacturing is well-placed, but it is only half of the problem with the limited US vision of the impact of nanotechnology on the future world economy.

The potentially world-changing research that no one knows about

Posted by Stephanie C on October 29th, 2012

Too much reliance on opportunity-based research could significantly hinder scientific advancement. We have the ability now to explore the specifics of potential future technologies, and the knowledge gained could, in turn, add useful and possibly surprising priorities for research today.

Christine Peterson on current state and future potential of nanotechnology

Posted by Jim Lewis on December 21st, 2011

When can we expect advanced nanomachinery to be commercialized? Will any technologies not be affected in some way by advanced nanotechnology?

Medical nanorobots win poll on engineering's Next Big Thing

Posted by Jim Lewis on May 10th, 2011

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.

Will building humanlike robots promote friendly AI?

Posted by Jim Lewis on April 15th, 2011

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.

Physicist and television host sees future for nanotechnology and AI

Posted by Jim Lewis on March 24th, 2011

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.

Mechanical manipulation of silicon dimers on a silicon surface (video)

Posted by Jim Lewis on March 23rd, 2011

UK scientists use mechanical force to manipulate silicon dimers on a silicon surface as a first step toward automated atomically precise manufacture of three-dimensional nanostructures.

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?

Does nanotechnology need PR?

Posted by Jim Lewis on March 2nd, 2011

Does nanotechnology need more energetic PR, and if so, what kind?

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 [...]

Can “artificial life” evolve intelligence? An update

Posted by Christine Peterson on August 10th, 2010

An article in New Scientist with the optimistic title “Artificial life forms evolve basic intelligence” gives an update on how two specific examples of computational artificial life is doing in terms of evolving to have more interesting behavior.  An excerpt: Brains that have been evolved with HyperNEAT have millions of connections, yet still perform a [...]

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 [...]

Join us at Singularity Summit, Aug. 14-15 on intelligence augmentation

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 16th, 2010

Many Foresight leaders and members will be gathering at this year’s Singularity Summit in San Francisco, expected to draw up to 1100 participants.  It’s a bit pricey, but it’s for a good cause and there are student and referral discounts plus discounts on the hotel rooms.  I can testify that this is a fun and [...]

Singularity University in the New York Times

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 15th, 2010

Our friends over at Singularity University are described in some detail in a long article in the New York Times.  An excerpt, with names familiar to Nanodot readers as speakers at Foresight conferences: Some of Silicon Valley’s smartest and wealthiest people have embraced the Singularity. They believe that technology may be the only way to [...]

Nanotech = Hot job of 2018, says Wall Street Journal

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 7th, 2010

Here at Foresight, we’re always trying to help those looking to move their careers in the direction of nanotechnology. Now the Wall Street Journal is predicting that this should pay off: Kelley McDonald has always loved exploring new terrain. In home videos as early as age 3, “I’m always off by myself, looking under rocks [...]

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 [...]

Zyvex founder Jim Von Ehr: “Rudimentary molecular manufacturing by 2020″

Posted by Christine Peterson on June 3rd, 2010

Sander Olson interviewed Jim Von Ehr of Zyvex for the website NextBigFuture.com by Brian Wang.  Here’s an excerpt: We are confident that we will be able to create simple, blocklike objects within the next five years. From that point, capabilities should grow fairly rapidly. Once simple block objects are created, we can programmably assemble them [...]

‘Anarchists’ try to bomb Swiss IBM nano facility (but fail)

Posted by Christine Peterson on April 26th, 2010

Brian Wang brings to our attention a Daily Mail article: A routine traffic-stop in Switzerland has allegedly thwarted eco-terrorists from blowing up the site of the £55million nano-technology HQ of IBM in Europe… The group describes itself as anarchist and is opposed to all forms of micro-technology as well as nuclear power and weapons… The [...]

New sf novel includes nanomedicine, reviewed by Robert Freitas

Posted by Christine Peterson on March 23rd, 2010

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 [...]

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 [...]