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Cyber, Nano, and AGI Risks: Computer Security and Effective Altruism

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:28:53 +0000

Christine Peterson, Foresight Institute Co-Founder and Projects Director Foresight Institute Co-Founder and Projects Director Christine Peterson (full biography) was interviewed recently by 80000 Hours, “an independent nonprofit funded by individual donors” and founded “because we couldn’t find any sources of advice on how to do good with our own working lives. Since 2011, [...]

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Prototype quantum computer gives small molecule quantum simulation

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:26:24 +0000

Optical micrograph of the superconducting quantum processor with seven qubits. Image credit: Kandala et al. Nature We have pointed to examples of how atomically precise nanotechnology might open the road to developing quantum computers (Atomically precise location of dopants a step toward quantum computers, August 4th, 2016; Architecture for atomically precise quantum computer in [...]

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Molecular robot builds four types of molecules

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 02:59:16 +0000

Since winning the 2007 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, Theory category, Professor David Leigh FRS FRSE FRSC MAE, and since 2012 at the University of Manchester, has continued to achieve major milestones on the road to complex systems of molecular machinery. Contributions we have recently cited here: First direct measurement of force generated by [...]

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USA-Austrian and Swiss Nanocars finish first in first Nanocar race

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 02:54:35 +0000

If the current is high enough, the molecule starts to move and can be steered over the racetrack (University of Basel) Our previous post announced a race around a 100 nm course of six NanoCars, each a unique concept created from only several dozen atoms and powered by electrical pulses. The race was [...]

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2017 Foresight Fellows Announced in Molecular Machines, Space, Longevity, Artificial Intelligence

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:19:36 +0000

Congratulations Foresight Fellows 2017!The Foresight Fellowship is an exclusive one year supportive program committed to giving change-makers the support and mentorship to accelerate their bold ideas into the future. We invite people who care about improving the state of the world and have the courage to follow their own path. We encourage those who are working [...]

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First International NanoCar Race showcases molecular vehicles

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:21:40 +0000

Six NanoCars, each a unique concept created from only several dozen atoms by one of six teams representing six nations, and powered by electrical pulses, will compete to complete a 100 nm course within 38 hours.

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Precisely removing individual atoms with microscope creates novel molecule

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:24:11 +0000

A molecule with two unpaired electrons too unstable to be made by chemical synthesis was fabricated using a scanning probe microscope to remove two hydrogen atoms from a single molecule adsorbed to a copper surface at ultra low temperature and ultra high vacuum.

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From de novo protein design to molecular machine systems

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 21:25:28 +0000

A review from the group leading recent rapid progress in de novo protein design describes the successes, identifies the remaining challenges, and heralds the advance "from the Stone Age to the Iron Age" in protein design.

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Two-component, 120-subunit icosahedral cage extends protein nanotechnology

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 23:32:59 +0000

Ten designs spanning three types of icosahedral architectures produce atomically precise multi-megadalton protein cages to deliver biological cargo or serve as scaffolds for organizing various molecular functions.

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Cleanly placing atomically precise graphene nanoribbons

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:25:05 +0000

Atomically precise chevron-shaped graphene nanoribbons were purified after solution synthesis, cleanly placed by dry contact transfer on a hydrogen-passivated Si surface, imaged and manipulated by scanning tunneling microscopy, and covalently bonded to depassivated surface positions.

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