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Our next Seminar: Artificial General Intelligences & Corporations @Internet Archive

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:41:31 +0000

Seminar on Artificial General Intelligences & Corporations hosted by Foresight Institute@ Internet Archive Click here to access the ticket sale. Even if we don't know yet how to align Artificial General Intelligences with our goals, we do have experience in aligning organizations with our goals. Some argue corporations are in fact Artificial Intelligences - legally at least [...]

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Accelerate your work in 2018: Fellowship, Prizes, Workshop

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:58:00 +0000

We’re thrilled to open up applications for the 2018 Foresight Fellowship, Feynman Prizes and Student Award, and Spring workshop starting now!     The 2018 Foresight Fellowship After the excellent strides by our inaugural class of 2017 Foresight Fellows, we are glad to continue the Foresight Fellowship in 2018 to help committed change-makers create the [...]

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Unrelated de novo enzyme replaces essential enzyme in cell

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:07:29 +0000

Iron-rich medium supports the growth of E. coli engineered to no longer have a natural Fes enzyme. They form small, unhealthy, red colonies because they accumulate iron bound to enterobactin, and barely have enough free iron to grow. In contrast, cells containing the artificial enzyme Syn-F4 form large, healthy, white colonies because the novel [...]

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2015 Feynman Prize winner named 2018 Australian of the Year

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 21:29:08 +0000

UNSW Sydney scientist Professor Michelle Simmons, the 2018 Australian of the Year, is presented with her award by the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. CREDIT: Salty Dingo It is always a pleasure when those whose work toward Feynman’s goal for nanotechnology—molecular manufacturing, defined as the construction of atomically-precise products through the use of molecular [...]

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Ultrafast DNA robotic arm: A step toward a nanofactory?

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:24:07 +0000

Electric fields drive the rotating nano-crane – 100,000 times faster than previous methods. (Image: Enzo Kopperger / TUM) Rotation of the arm between two docking points (red and blue). (Image: Enzo Kopperger / TUM) Ultrafast molecular machines made using DNA nanotechnology have now been demonstrated. Over the past several years molecular machines [...]

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Design of hyperstable constrained peptides

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:23:26 +0000

Sixteen topologies of de novo designed hyperstable constrained peptides. Credit: Baker lab, University of Washington Protein design has been one of the major paths from current fabrication technology toward the goal of general purpose, high-throughput atomically precise manufacturing since Foresight co-founder Eric Drexler proposed it in 1981. It also produced some of the earliest [...]

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Changing the world with a nanofabricator that could make anything

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:31:14 +0000

Image Credit: 3DSculptor / Shutterstock.com The Foresight Institute was founded in 1986 on a vision presented by Eric Drexler in which the ultimate manufacturing technology uses a machine termed a nanofactory or nanofabricator to provide atom-by-atom control of the manufacturing process for complex objects, both large and small. Although initially controversial, this vision has [...]

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Mechanical communication in a rotaxane molecular machine

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 04:00:47 +0000

The structural formula of the rotaxane 1H3+. Above: The dibenzo[24]crown-8 macrocycle circles the dibenzylammonium site on the left end of the axle, which had been protonated by the addition of acid. Below: With the addition of a suitable base, the rotaxane is deprotonated to 1H2+, and the macrocycle translates over to the 4,4′-bipyridinium unit [...]

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Funding announcements for Atomically Precise Manufacturing

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 23:10:14 +0000

Credit - energy.gov/science-innovation Longtime Foresight member, and since October 2012 Technology Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy, David Forrest passes along these funding announcements about new opportunities at DOE: Those of you in the Atomically Precise Manufacturing community should be aware of new funding opportunities: ARPA-E The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) [...]

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Building atom-by-atom on insulator at room temperature

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 18:04:18 +0000

It’s not red and white, but the atoms are arranged in the shape of a Swiss cross (Credit: Physics department, University of Basel) If the above picture reminds you of something like it some 27 years ago when physicists announced a nanostructure built atom-by-atom, then it is important to recognize there are multiple crucial [...]

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