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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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Blockchains, Cryptoeconomics, and Emerging Technology Risks

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 02:44:37 +0000

Blockchain formation. The main chain (black) consists of the longest series of blocks from the genesis block (green) to the current block. Orphan blocks (purple) exist outside of the main chain. Image Credit: Theymos from Bitcoin wiki. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. In writing for this [...]

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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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