Foresight Update 23.08: Can nanotech stop desertification? - February 19, 2009
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Brian Wang at Next Big Future has pointed to what might be the first nanotech application "to impact a major problem"—water scarcity. The application is hydrophobic sand, which retains moisture near the roots of desert plants by virtue of a proprietary nanostructured coating on the grains of sand…
…Jones' overall point seems a good one: nanoscientists shouldn't over-promise what their research could do to funding agencies and to the public. But in using the word nanotechnology for what they are doing, Jones and the nanoscientists have, it seems to me, put themselves in the same logical position as the apocryphal parricide…
The Foresight Institute has appointed Dr. J. Storrs Hall to the position of President. Dr. Hall brings to the organization his extensive experience in prediction, invention, and development of future technologies…
This the second essay in a series exploring if, when, and how the Singularity will happen, why (or why not) we should care, and what, if anything, we should do about it.
Part II: What is this thing called Singularity?
Since I was trained, originally, as a mathematician, I never really liked the term Singularity…
Plasmonic nanoswitches based upon molecular machines may eventually lead to nanotech plasmonic circuits…
A response to my "Parricide" essay has been seen on IEEE's Tech Talk blog. Dexter Johnson gives a fair summary of the positions taken to date, and says…
This the third essay in a series exploring if, when, and how the Singularity will happen, why (or why not) we should care, and what, if anything, we should do about it.
Part III: Singularity from the bottom up
In the previous essay in this series, I argued top-down, from historical and economic precedents, that the coming singularity might look approximately like the second half of the computer/internet revolution. Today I'll argue the same conclusion from the bottom up: by looking at things from the point of view of the individual AI…
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