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Foresight Update 23.23: Fabricating 10,000 times smaller - June 4, 2009

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Top News of the Week

Nanoconstruction by Pinhole Camera

From Physorg.com:

Russian Academy of Sciences have developed a method of nanofabrication using an atom pinhole camera…. The technique could produce individual nanostructures down to 30 nm, a size reduction of 10,000 times compared with the original object…

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Quantum entanglement in photosynthesis?

Nanotechnology is, ultimately, a mechanization of the molecular processes of life. One of the most important of those processes is photosynthesis. If we really understood photosynthesis as deeply as we do, say, gear trains, and had the machinery to build whatever molecular machines we designed, we could build trees that produced gasoline from sunlight and the CO2 in the air…

Steps to AI?

The greatly anticipated "AI" project recently unveiled, Wolfram Alpha, appears to have flopped, at least insofar as being an AI. Next up looks to be Siri, an app coming to your iPhone this fall…

Kurzweil responds to Newsweek

A recent Newsweek article on Kurzweil seems to have been something of a hack job, judging from this reply…

Evolving altruism

A paper on arXiv referenced (and nicely explained) in a Technology Review blog:

How altruistic behaviour emerges has puzzled evolutionary biologists for decades. From the point of view of survivial of the fittest, the unselfish concern for the welfare of others seems inexplicable…

Futurism resources

A few new futurism resources have come to our attention recently:

The Millennium Project Futures Research Methodology Version 3.0, a "handbook on methods and tools to explore future possibilities."

The contents include methodologies such as statistical modeling, technology sequence analysis, etc.

Detailed Roadmap of the 21st Century, a list of predictions for the twenty-first century, organized by year…

Darker = Brighter?

Here's a University of Rochester press release from 2006:

Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a way to change the properties of almost any metal to render it, literally, black…

Well, you can pretty much guess what happens next: another University of Rochester press release, this one from last week.

Laser Process Doubles Brightness for the Same Amount of Energy An ultra-powerful laser can turn regular incandescent light bulbs into power-sippers, say optics researchers at the University of Rochester…

—Nanodot posts by J. Storrs Hall

Foresight Events – Lectures

Foresight Lectures

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.
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July 30, 2009
Singularity University
Mountain View, California
Christine Peterson will moderate and Foresight advisor Stewart Brand will serve on a panel on time horizons in an accelerating world, for Singularity University participants.
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August 20-22, 2009
Gnomedex: a technology conference of inspiration and influence
Seattle, Washington
Christine Peterson will speak on life extension.
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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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Converging Technologies for 21st Century Security
Organized by the Institute of Nanotechnology
November 25, 2009
The Royal College of Physicians, London, UK

Organised crime, terrorism, civil conflict, and natural disasters are sadly commonplace in global society and have developed increasingly complex dimensions. To counter such threats, civil security and emergency response teams are looking towards new technologies that offer more sensitive, rapid, and accurate detection methods; that provide the means to neutralise or effectively deal with the outcomes of such incidents; and that provide greater protection to personnel.

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