Industry Experts to Cover History, Basics, Ethics, and Prospects
Foresight Institute, a nonprofit educational organization focused on molecular nanotechnology, will offer a Fundamentals of Nanotechnology tutorial, May 2, 2003 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Hotel Crown Plaza Cabaña Hotel in Palo Alto, Calif. Registration for the general public is $475. Current or new Foresight Institute Senior Associates can attend for $225.
"The Fundamentals tutorial is designed for individuals who want to get a quick grasp of the basics," said Ralph Merkle, Vice President, Technology Assessment at Foresight Institute. "We are structuring the tutorial to make sense to the general public who have some technical background, including investors, managers, analysts, attorneys, technical writers and everyone curious about our future."
Fundamentals of Nanotechnology is organized into four different segments taught by technical and business nanotechnology industry professionals.
Topics that will be covered are:
Dr. Eric Drexler, Founder of Foresight Institute, and author of Engines of Creation and Nanosystems, will cover "Nanotechnology in Perspective: History, Status and Prospects."
"What is Nanotechnology: Health, Wealth and the Arrangement of Atoms" presented by Dr. Ralph C. Merkle, discusses how nanotechnology can change our lives. Molecular computers more powerful than any of today's, molecular machines that cruise our arteries and zap cancer -- these and other changes are coming, but how long will it take and how might it happen?
"Near-Term Commercial Opportunities in Nanotechnology" will be presented by Scott Mize, Co-founder of Angstro Vision, Inc. and Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Nanotechnology Opportunity Report. Mize will discuss nanoscale engineering, current market hype, and key findings from the Nanotechnology Opportunity Report.
Ed Niehaus, Advisor to the Foresight Institute and Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing and Software Development Forum, will discuss "Nanotechnology Business Scenarios."
Nanotechnology in Perspective: History, Status and Prospects
Making sense of nanotechnology requires a broad perspective. The term itself, which now serves as a marketing slogan for a wide range of current research and business activities, originally described an anticipated revolutionary development, since renamed molecular manufacturing. Current activities under the nanotechology label are amazingly diverse in their techniques and purposes. Some contribute directly to the technology base for implementing molecular manufacturing, while others seem irrelevant. In my tutorial talk, I will survey the evolution of the field, the many flavors of modern nanotechnology, and the prospects for molecular manufacturing. Participants will learn both how the molecular manufacturing concept is rooted in current knowledge of physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering, and how statements on the subject by some senior scientists are rooted in journalistic misconceptions and an urge to wish away a set of complex and troubling future prospects. Only this combined historical, political, and technical perspective can make sense of developments in the field today.
What is Nanotechnology: Health, Wealth and the Arrangement of Atoms
Ralph C. Merkle
Near-Term Commercial Opportunities in Nanotechnology
While the opportunities and challenges are great as molecular nanotechnology unfolds, there is a large proportion of the world that is primarily concerned with understanding how nanotechnology will affect them in the short term. What are the next small steps in real world along the road to assembler and replicators, or perhaps to less interesting destinations collectively known as "nanoscale engineering"? To understand how nanotechnology will enter the broader world, it is important to understand the technologies that will be taken out of the lab and commercialized first, as well as which applications will be the most compelling in the short term. Participants will get a high-level snapshot of where the activity is today and likely to be in the near future, including key data and conclusions that bring shape to the emerging world of nanoscale engineering.
Nanotechnology Business Scenarios
Are you looking at nanotechnology as a career or business opportunity? It is a field worth exploring today, one that we all expect to be exciting tomorrow. But, how will it emerge? This session will propose several scenarios, look at the events that might bring about each one, and discuss how best to position yourself for each.
The Fundamentals of Nanotechnology Tutorial is open to the public. Space is limited to a first come, first served basis. Individuals can register online (see below) or over the telephone at 650.917.1122. Registration for the general public is $475. Current or new Foresight Institute Senior Associates can attend for $225.
The Fundamentals of Nanotechnology tutorial is the kick-off day for the Vision Conference, annual Senior Associates Gathering: Molecular Myth, Manufacturing, Money and Mania! Will the real nanotechnology please self assemble which will be held May 2-3-4, 2003. The gathering is open to new or current Senior Associates of the Foresight Institute. To find out more about becoming a Senior Associate. Senior Associate dues must be current for discount.
Registration payment may be made by VISA, MasterCard, check or international money order valid in the U.S (AMEX not accepted). Make checks payable to "Foresight Institute"; checks and bank drafts must be in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. Bank. Donations with payment by credit card may be faxed.
Tutorial Online Registration for Senior Associates Attending the Gathering
Tutorial Online Registration for those who are not Senior Associates
On site registration is also available.
Room Rate (Single/Double): $119 per night plus tax. Mention Foresight Institute to obtain the group rate of $119. Hotel reservations should be made by Friday April 18 to obtain the special rate. The group rate may be extended after that date on a space available basis.
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