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Foresight Update 23.10: Forward to the past - March 5, 2009

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Forward to the past

How well would someone in the "aughts" have predicted the 20th century by reading, say, Popular Mechanics? …

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Ordered high density arrays of self-assembled copolymer for nanotechnology

A sawing and annealing process that creates regular nanoscale features on the surface of a sapphire crystal promises a way of making nanotech memories of up to 10 Terabits per square inch without the need of photolithography…

Post-crash economic trends

Those interested in the economic-trends style of futurism will enjoy 'How the Crash Will Reshape America' in the Atlantic. For background you might look at this 2006 essay by Paul Graham — they both embody some of the same theory of innovation as a driver to urban (or perhaps regional) vitality…

Singularity, part 5

This the fifth 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 V: AIs: smarter or just faster?

One of the primary phenomena invoked in the notion that the Singularity will come with an event horizon is that as self-improving AIs take off into higher intelligence, they will be not just like ordinary people with faster clock speeds, but they will be like smarter people.…

Nanotechnology may replace platinum catalyst for fuel cells with doped carbon nanotubes

The discovery that nitrogen-doped, metal-free carbon nanotubes make better electrodes than do platinum nanoparticles may open the way for inexpensive nanotech fuel cells…

Nanotechnology reversibly writes two-nanometer-thick lines for nanoelectronics

A host of nanotech applications should benefit from the demonstration that an atomic force microscope (AFM) can be used to write and erase two-nanometer-thick conducting lines at the interface between atomic layers of two different metal oxide insulators…

—Nanodot posts by J. Storrs Hall and James Lewis

Foresight Events – Lectures

Foresight Lectures

April 2, 2009
Stanford Law, Science and Technology Colloquium
Palo Alto, California
Christine Peterson will speak to LLM students on legal, ethical and public policy issues in nanotechnology.
Click here for details

June 17-18, 2009
Size Matters 2009: the future fields of application, opportunities and ethical challenges of nanoscience
Saarbrücken, Germany
Christine Peterson will speak on Nanotechnology & Open Source Sensing.
Click here for conference details

Foreseeing Future Technologies

Advancements in technologies such as nanotech, robotics, and biotech are promising to make major differences in our lives in the not-too-distant future, as the Industrial Revolution did to the agrarian world — to do for the physical world what the computer and Internet have done to the world of information.

Since 1986, the Foresight Institute has been in the forefront of a worldwide community of visionaries who work to help shape these possibilities into a positive, beneficial reality. If you would like to help us understand the potential of these technologies, and influence their direction, please consider becoming a member of the Foresight community. With your support, Foresight will continue to educate the general public on these technologies and what they will mean to our society.

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O'Reilly ETech Emerging Technologies Conference 2009
The Technology of Abundance and Constraints
March 9-12, 2009
San Jose, CA USA

  • The place where theories mingle with real-world application and do their best work together, giving you essentials to stay ahead of the curve in your workplace and industry
  • A participant-rich conference experience that encourages play and exchange of ideas with some of the biggest names in emerging technology
  • Includes FreeTech, the ETech community-run "unconference"

Visit Foresight in the exhibit hall.
SAVE 40% by registering at https://en.oreilly.com/et2009/public/register and using the Friends and Family discount code et09sed40.

NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibits 2009
What's Happening TODAY and Tomorrow!
April 1-2, 2009
Minneapolis MN USA

Call for Presenters

Looking to understand what nanotechnology means for you? Need to understand how and why nanotechnology can improve your products, process and may even cut costs? Interested in learning about the latest applications and trends in top-down fabrication and bottom-up assembly techniques? Then this event is for you!

See pre-conference tutorial by Foresight Senior Associate Tihamer Toth-Fejel, including Atomically-Precise Manufacturing and Productive Nanosystems.

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