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Foresight Nanotech Update
Inside This Issue 13th Foresight Conference 1
Nanotechnology & Energy 1
Advancing Foresight 2
Energy Experts Q & A 4
Solar and Fuel Cells 8
Book Review: Soft Machines 10
Perspective on Policy 12
Why Care about Nanotechnology? 14
Research Review: Cutting Edge 16
Nanosystems Technology Roadmap 19
Number 55 / Fall Issue/ Fall Issue/ A Publication of the Foresight Nanotech Institute
Foresight Nanotech Conference Keynote
Keynote Address: Tuesday, October 25
Nanotechnology is Not Little in Washington
Kvamme will cover Washington’s perspectives on nanotechnology and discuss why top policy-makers think nanotechnology is strategically important to U.S. technical leadership, competitiveness and job creation.
Advancing Benefi cial Nanotechnology: Focusing on the Cutting Edge 13th Foresight Conference – October 22-27, 2005 San Francisco, CA
This year’s conference is not to be missed. We have assembled world-class speakers and panels that will bridge the visionary aspects of nanotechnology through the challenges of policy issues and commercial applications to the cutting edge research that is being done in university and corporate laboratories.
Vision Weekend October 22-23, 2005 (Saturday and Sunday)
Our Vision Weekend is known as the place where today’s ideas become tomorrow’s nano- tech realities. Exclusive to Foresight participating members, the Vision Weekend is ground zero for idea exchange, creative communication and hearing speakers as they discuss their nanotech views in a candid, off-the-record environment.
Nanotechnology and Energy Focus on Challenge #1: Meeting global energy needs with clean solutions
While nanotechnology has made great advances in the last two decades, it has yet to fulfi ll its ultimate potential. Foresight is dedicated to fostering nanotechnologies that can make a signifi cant contribution to solving critical challenges which humanity faces. We have identi- fi ed these as the Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges.
These challenges are:
1 Meeting global energy needs with clean solutions 2 Providing abundant clean water globally 3 Increasing the health and longevity of human life 4 Maximizing the productivity of agriculture 5 Making powerful information technology available everywhere 6 Enabling the development of space
In this issue of Foresight Nanotech Update, we have invited three experts to offer their ideas on how nanotechnology will impact energy in the future. We have also identifi ed companies (Continued on page 3)
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Floyd Kvamme Co-chair, President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology, and Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caulfi ed & Byers
Luncheon Session Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems Scott Mize, President of Foresight Alex Kawczak, Battelle
October 27, 2005 12:15 pm Our conference features a presentation on the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, a joint initiative among Foresight Nanotech Institute, Battelle and The Waitt Family Foundation.
If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time. You can call our offi ce at (650) 289-0860.
Update Foresight Nanotech
Foresight Nanotech Update
What a difference a year makes. As many of you know, we have been hard at work overhauling and updating Foresight so that it can play a more central role in today’s nanotechnology world. The envi- ronment in which we operate now is a far cry from the one in which Foresight was founded nearly 20 years ago. We are staying true to the original goals of Foresight, but putting them in a new context. As a think tank and public interest organization, to fl ourish at this stage in the fi eld’s development, it is essential that we bring value to an expanding community of stakeholders and interested parties. To establish a foundation for this, we have re-articulated our mission: To ensure the benefi cial implementation of nanotechnology. To execute on this mission, we also have made some key changes in organizational focus.
We decided to complement our long-term technology focus with a near- and mid-term application focus. The fi rst manifestation of this new focus is the Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges. These are our assessment of the most critical problems which humanity faces that can be addressed by nanotechnology. We believe that focus- ing on these challenges will produce the highest societal return on investment from nanotechnology.
We also made it a priority to initiate and participate in projects which contribute concretely to pushing forward the state of the art in the fi eld. The Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems is our fi rst new project of this type. So far, we have assembled a world-class Steering Committee, Working Group, and set of of Roadmap Partners, and are set to kick off the series of Roadmap Workshops immediately after our annual conference on late Octo- ber. We are very happy to have the partnership of Battelle for devel- oping the Roadmap, and the support of Waitt Family Foundation.
We see the activities of Foresight falling into four areas (what we call the 4 P’s): publishing, policy, prizes and programs.
Publishing A think tank is essentially a publisher with a point of view. Our weekly News Digest has been a big hit. Our Web site is consistently News Digest has been a big hit. Our Web site is consistently News Digest ranked between #1 and #3 for “nanotech” and “nanotechnology” on the search engines, and traffi c continues to grow. The new Foresight Nanotech Update will be delivered quarterly. We also provide press releases, opportunity alerts and action alerts on items of interest to the membership. All of these services will expand our position as a leading authoritative source of information on nano- technology.
Policy Now that Christine Peterson has moved to be Vice President of Policy and Research, we will see more activity in this area. Fore- sight is participating in the National Academy of Sciences review of the NNI, the International Council on Nanotechnology, California’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology, ASTM International’s committee on nanotechnology, and the American National Standards Institute’s committee on nanotechnology standards. Over time, we will be articulating and advocating policy positions which will address the most critical issues related to nanotechnology. These are likely to include partnerships with other leading policy organiza- tions.
Prizes We are currently raising funds to undertake a reformulation of our prize portfolio. Foresight currently awards fi ve annual prizes, and offers one incentive prize, the Feynman Grand Prize. Incentive prizes are those contests where a cash award is given for being the fi rst to achieve a specifi ed milestone. We believe that incen- tive prizes can play a key role in moving the nanotechnology fi eld forward. To this end, Peter Diamandis, the Chairman and CEO of X PRIZE Foundation, which recently awarded the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for the fi rst private sub-orbital space mission, has joined our Board. With his guidance at the helm of our Prize Steering Committee, we plan to develop one or more X Prize equivalents for nanotechnology.
Programs We will also continue to undertake programs, that help us to achieve our mission. The two programs currently underway are our annual conference (the 13th edition of which will be held October 22-27 this year), and the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosys- tems described above. The conference is shaping up to be the best ever, and the Roadmap has had a good start. We plan to add other programs as funding becomes available.
The primary success criteria for Foresight is to execute consistently our new mission and strategy, including the activities described above. This will be our primary focus for the next several months, and beyond.
As a non-profi t membership organization, we rely on you to play your part in supporting the organization. If you believe in what we are doing, below are several ways that you can help Foresight suc- ceed:
Contribute We are very grateful to have you as a member, and thank you for your past contributions. Please renew your membership in Fore- sight and consider increasing your level of support. Contributions received before the end of year will be particularly helpful.
Evangelize We want your help in recruiting new members. We are asking each member to recruit at least one new member to join Foresight. We call this is our “each one reach one” initiative.
Introductions to potential major donors Major donors (those who give over $5000 per year) play an essen- tial role in supporting Foresight. If you know someone who is in a
Creating The New Foresight By Scott Mize
“We believe that focusing on these challenges will produce the highest soci- etal return on investment from nanotechnology.”
Foresight Nanotech Update
that are currently working on nanotechnology solutions and products that may provide solutions to this challenge.
The next issue of Foresight Nanotech Update will focus on Chal- lenge #2 Providing abundant clean water globally. If you have any suggestions or ideas on this issue, please send me an email.
Judy Conner, Editor / Director of Communications firstname.lastname@example.org
Nanotechnology and Energ