Rob writes "Has there been any progress on the Nanofactory animation? When I visit Foresight's website all it mentions is that there was a challenge grant in effect until November 2004, but no mention of whether or not it was met or if the animation will be completed. Does any one have any info?"
Archive for the 'Questions for Nanodot Users' Category
The Meridian Institute has released a paper "Nanotech & the Poor: Opportunities and Risks". The purpose of the paper to raise awareness about the implications of nanotechnology for poor people, both the potential opportunities and risks.
The top level entry page is here. Registration appears to be required although email exchanges may be possible as well. You can download a copy of the paper after registration but subsequent access, in particular making comments, appears to require the username and password sent via email.
They are seeking Nanodot users and Foresight members' views on the issues identified in the Paper via an on-line consultation. Comments are due by March 1.
Keck writes "Foresight's logo has served us well for many years, and I'm sure many long-time members are very attached to it. But I've noticed on orkut that it's one of the duller logos around these days, entirely lacking in color and textural depth, and relatively text-heavy. Perhaps many would like to scoff at such superficial considerations, and it could even be argued that the current logo should remain defiantly retro, as it subtly testifies to Foresight's remarkable age and consistent message. But I'd like to spark a discussion about it.
Can and should the existing logo by reinvigorated by at least adding some color? Should the texty-ness also be lowered? Are there any more radical suggestions for a new logo, perhaps incorporating a bio-medical motif? Or should we just leave well enough alone? What do you think?"
Tim Fonseca writes "Greetings,
This is not a story, but a question. My question concerns my qualifications for entering my nanomedicine image renderings in the "IMM Prizes in Computational Nanotechnology for 2004 Art Contest" http://www.imm.org/prizes/ The IMM webpage mentions that submissions can be sent to Nanodot. Here I am at Nanodot, and damned if I can find a place to submit an image entrie. Please browse through my Nanobot Galleries, on my website. Let me know if my nano images qualify for the "design" and "rendering" categories of the 2004 IMM contest. Can one do a time reversal and enter the 2003 IMM contest, too, since no one won that year? As you can see, pride does not standeth in my wayeth.
The editors of nanodot apologize to Tim that it took so long to work back to his submission which is now ~6 months old.
PingS writes "I am going to be a sophomore in electrical engineering this upcoming year. I have been tracking nanotechnology for the past four months, and read through multiple literatures on the Foresight website including Engines of Creation and the Unbounding Future. I have also read the recent publication Recent Advances and Issues in Molecular Nanotechnology. I am currently working on Nanosystems, but it is 'very technical' for a sophomore, so I am progressing 'very slowly'. I want to let you guys know that I have done a lot of background research into nanotechnology and am familiar with most of the current issues and debates (Smalley, Whitesides).
This submission is of interest given previous comments by Eric Drexler on the politics of nanotech research discussed in July.
MartinBaldan writes "Hi, I'm afraid it's a bit late for this, but I've found a piece of Smalley's previous position on MNT and it was rather opposed to the one he holds now: 
Ed. Note. The format of the Smalley web site has changed and so links to older URLs on it appear to be invalid at this time. The reference has been pulled out of the Internet Archive (without figures) and is now located here:
Hal Finney writes "The X Prize Foundation, which recently awarded the Ansari X Prize for achieving a milestone in private space flight, is asking for suggestions for new X Prize ventures, under the name of The WTN X PRIZE. Among the topics they are considering are 'Technological ìholy grailsî, such as… molecular assemblers (true nanotechnology)".
What would be a good prize target for a nanotech project that is along the path to a molecular assembler? Hopefully it would be easier than the Feynman Grand Prize; something that could be done in the same kind of time frame as the Ansari X Prize took, and something for which a million dollar prize would be motivating?"
InfoComm writes "The convergence of nanotechnology with the world of communications – nanomobility – creates a whole new industry segment for the commercialization of solutions. When combining nano-scale applications to the Personal Area Network ecosystem, for example, what type of products and services do you foresee in the market 5, 10, 15 years from now?"
Perplexed about how to get involved in nanotechnology, Underprepared writes "As an Idea for the coming years a Career Search Program would be of help to many people such as myself, Who have an interest in Nanotechnology but no real objective or goal for it. Especially due to the overwhelming interest there will be in the next few years."
rcarlberg writes "The Drexler/Smalley debate skirts the issue, and Drexler's Nanosystems gives it but one dismissive mention (13.3.7), but I can't help wondering about the effect of waste heat on nanomanufacturing."
brettl writes "In trying to read technical articles related to the field, I find that I do not have nearly enough chemistry background to keep up with many of the discussions. Is there any way to learn this without going back to school for an organic chemistry class?"
avondale writes "I'm looking for undergrad programs specifically geared towards a 'well rounded' education in nanotechnology. I've only found one so far, at the Flinder's University in Adelaide, Australia… Which will cost me at least 60k in tuition and is on the other side of the planet. I'm willing to go that far to pursue my potential, but am looking for alternatives. My proposed field of study would be nanotechnology for health and wellness. If anyone knows of an applicable undergraduate program, please let me know. Thank you"
brettl writes "Question for a sci-fi story that would like to have some sci in the fiction. If an organ (or person) could be mapped at the molecular level, wouldn't the cost of nanofabricating an organ, a limb, or a person be equivalent to the cost of manufacturing any sort of organic product of equivalent mass (ie plastics)? Or would the complexity increase cost/time of manufacturing? Or would it not be possible at all? Would it be cheap? Also, opinions on how this would play out in reference to the current bioethics debate on cloning would be interesting. Thanks"
from the Looking-for-roadmaps dept.
larens imanyuel writes "In each phase of the Industrial Revolution a new industrial system has arisen on top of the previous one. Each has involved enabling technology, new organizational principles, and new major product lines. For instance, a century ago electrification with small motors allowed Henry Ford to design the modern assembly line to mass produce automobiles. Several decades ago silicon technology allowed the mass production of personal computers through an exponential refinement of technique, commonly known as Moore's law, that became the Semiconductor Roadmap. The question naturally arises as what the equivalent industrial system will be for the next half century."
Brent Magnan writes "Nanotechnology, or any newly emerging technology, is sure to change the way we live our lives. For those who want to be involved with technology, are there other ways to become part of it other than going through some kind of science degree? I'm currently in first year Engineering but want to go into Business (bachelor of commerce). Is switching faculties a huge mistake if I want to be involved with technology? Or are there lots of promising opportunities for a business student looking to be active in cutting edge technology? Please e-mail me with any suggestions or comments: send to: email@example.com"
Reid Maker writes "Hello, I am a senior in college graduating with a B.A. in computer science and history. I am also incredibly interested in the oncoming nano world, and have been reading any article I have gotten my hands on for the past few years. Are there commercial nano centers where people can find employment? Or even in the university setting? I would really like to be a part of the oncoming nano revolution, but am not exactly sure how. I have been eyeing a number of industries for next year, but I really haven't found anything about the nano job marketplace. If anyone has any information on this, it would greatly be appreciated. Thanks for your input!"
brarrr writes "I'm a Materials Engineering student and have been interested in everything nanotech for about 4 years, reading about it in my own time and tailoring my coursework in such a manner to prepare me to work and research in the field. I am applying to graduate schools with the intention of studying something nanotech (NEMS, fabrication, materials, biotech), and am looking for any recommendations on schools or any up-and-coming programs that are not publicized yet. I am currently looking at Cornell, RPI, U Washington, JHU, and Northwestern."
from the invitation-for-discussion dept.
"October 26, 2001…
Dear Nanodot members and readers,
I was just wondering if the Nanotech initiative will eventually cover an arts/cultural wing? Some individuals such as myself eagerly await the creative benefits towards the Arts and Entertainment industries…In fact, K. Eric Drexler mentioned towards the end of his "Engines of Creation" book that the end-goal of an advanced nanotechnological civilization would be the proliferation of performance and interdisciplinary art. I am worried that due to the recent climate, most of the research will go towards defense and security and little towards health, strategic diplomacy, the environment and culture…Any thoughts on how our country will utilize this emerging technology to our creative benefit? I was also wondering if those outside the United States will benefit and how long would it take for a trickle down effect to occur once corporations such as the Texas-based Zyvex make that ultimate breakthrough?
[Editor's note: the mandate for the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (currently) includes a component to examine the "societal implications" of nanotechnology. To date, the most significant result of this part of the initiative has been a NSF report issued early in 2001.]