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Foresight Update 23.11: Real-time quality control for nanotechnology - March 12, 2009

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Real-time quality control for nanotechnology

Two publications in the current issue of the IOP journal Nanotechnology report techniques that may bring real-time quality control to two different nanotech fabrication methods…

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Steve Jurvetson on nature's nanotechnology

Many thanks to the Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech Report for permission to reprint the following interview with Steve Jurvetson "Writing the Code of Life"…

Singularity, part 6

This the sixth 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 VI: The heavily-loaded takeoff

The fastest software I ever used ran on some of the slowest computers I ever had…

Congressman from Silicon Valley promotes nanotechnology

U.S. Rep. Michael Honda, D-San Jose, winner of the 2005 Foresight Institute Government Prize, wrote an opinion piece for the Mercury News in which he argued "Nanotech deserves public and private sector support…

Optical effects direct carbon nanotube growth for nanotechnology

Scientists are perhaps one step closer to being able to construct nanotech electronic and photonic devices using carbon nanotube wires. Using optical near-field effects with a laser to localize heating effects, scientists were able to induce the growth of 1.4-nanometer-diameter ultra-short single-walled carbon nanotubes between the sharp tips of electrodes separated by about 200 nm…

—Nanodot posts by James Lewis and J. Storrs Hall

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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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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