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|October 18-20, 1996||Topics and activities||Other Information|
| Friday, October 18 |
Saturday, October 19
Sunday, October 20
Introductions and Overviews
Hands-on Molecular Modeling
Registration & Details|
Report and Pictorial in Update 27
8 - 10 PM: Welcoming ReceptionOn your badge, put your guesstimate:
In what year will the Feynman Grand Prize be won?
9:00 - 9:45 AM: Foresight: Looking Back and Looking AheadOn the tenth anniversary for Foresight and Engines of Creation, Eric looks at past successes and those that still need to be achieved.
10:30 - 10:45 AM: Beverage break. Check out other Senior Associates' guesstimates.
9:45 - 10:30 AM: Computational Nanotechnology Takes OffBefore we can build, we need designs. Ralph surveys work in this growing research community and updates us on his computational experiments at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.
10:45 - 11:30 AM: R&D Progress OverviewTracking and interpreting the expanding body of nanotechnology-related work is a tough job -- Jim and Ted guide us through the maze.
(Jim Lewis, Ted Kaehler)
11:30 - Noon: The $250,000 Question: When?Our morning speakers and the audience take on a critical aspect of this question: Will control software be the crucial problem on the path to nanotechnology? Winning the Feynman Grand Prize will require building the equivalent of a nanorobot. Today robotics is hindered by control software issues. Will this hold nanotechnology back, too?
1:30 - 3:00 PM: Hands-On Molecular Modeling:Split into teams and get your hands virtually dirty in nano-scale design and "construction." We'll have hardware, software and roaming instruction by Computer Camp Coaches Eric Drexler, Ralph Merkle, and others.
Actual Designs by a Senior Associate
1:30 - 3:00 PM: Personal Poster (in parallel)While your teammates get trained, make your personal "poster", in tandem post it, then tour the room and see who's here. Add your name to the posters of those you'd like to meet. Topics to cover in your poster:
3:00 - 3:30 PM: Dessert Break featuring Seidler's Sinful Snacks and Tremendously Tempting Treats. Tour the personal posters and start connecting up with the Senior Associates you want to meet.
- What impact do you want nanotechnology or Foresight to have had on your life in 5, 10, 20 years?
- What do you want to accomplish personally for nanotechnology and other Foresight interest areas?
- What kinds of people do you want to meet at this gathering?
3:30-4:30 PM: Molecular Object Design Contest: the NanoOlympics.Rejoin your team to design and "build" simple molecular objects.
5:00 PM: Dinner on your own, in self-assembling groups. (See the restaurant list for places within walking distance.)
4:30-5:00 PM: Nano Web Tour:Offline virtual tour of the Web's nanotechnology sites. The good, the bad, the excellent, the unhelpful.
9:00 - 9:10 AM: College-Bound Education ProjectSomewhere out there are hordes of bright high school kids who deserve to have their minds saved from media sludge. We're here to help! Elaine wants to use this project to win the hearts and minds of the innocent youth and lure them into college careers aimed at nanotechnology. Let's get these kids ready to work on nanotech products. Not only will the kids thank us for this, but in the years to come-- as we do technical recruiting for our nanotech start-ups -- we'll thank ourselves.
9:10 - 9:45 AM: Nanotechnology in the Media: From single-view coverage to multi-view debateFor the first ten years, Foresight had to rely on the media to get its message out. Foresight's recent Web debate with Scientific American shows how this is changing for the better.
10:15 - 10:45 AM: Beverage Break
9:45 - 10:15 AM: Presenting Nanotechnology Information: Do's and Don'ts, Lessons LearnedCore dump of nanotech communication experience. The key: knowing what your listener is ready to hear.
(Ed Niehaus, Chris Peterson, Gayle Pergamit)
10:45 - 11:30 AM: Nanotechnology and SpaceBesides his computational nanotechnology work for NASA, Al runs a wonderful site highlighting what nanotechnology can do for a popular Senior Associate goal: space settlement. We'll hear how successful this meme is becoming, and what this means for computational nanotechnology at NASA.
Full size versions of paintings available at http://science.nas.nasa.gov/Services/Education/SpaceSettlement/70sArt/art.html
Noon - 1:30 PM: Probably-More-Than-We-Ought-to-Eat Big Buffet Smorgasbord Sunday Brunch (included).
11:30 - Noon: Tales from the Front Lines of Communications:Group discussion of your experience in spreading these memes. Successes and failures at conveying what nanotechnology is, why it's important, how it should be included in plans for the future. What kind of people "get it" and which don't: scientists, engineers, businesspeople, doctors? People in positions of authority in science and technology, e.g. your thesis advisor, the head of your lab. The role of paper and web info. Anecdotes and observations.
1:30 - 1:50 PM: Nanotechnology Database ProjectAs the trickle of nanotechnology activity becomes a flood, we need a way to organize and access it: an Information Central for nanotechnology. To find your niche in nanotechnology, join us in reshaping this information flow into useable form.
1:50 - 2:10 PM: Web Upload ProjectYou'd expect the biggest beneficiaries of the web to be new, multidisciplinary fields like ours, and you'd be right. We've seen tremendous payoffs to our field already. The opportunities here are boggling. Help Foresight boggle the world with the quantity and quality of our presentations in this new medium.
(Jim Lewis, Foresight Webmaster)
2:10 - 2:30 PM: "State of the Field" Report on NanotechnologyYet another idea born at last year's meeting has taken shape. Richard explains the goal, how to help, and how to get the Report into the hands of those who should see it.
3:00 - 3:15 Beverage Break. Take this opportunity to give your name to leaders of projects you'd like to work on.
2:30 - 3:00 PM: Web Enhancement ProjectTen years ago, Engines of Creation helped promote the goal of hypertext publishing. Now we're on the verge of getting the features we need to debate important issues, e.g. nanotechnology technical and policy options. We'll get a progress report on what's available, what's soon to be available, and when Senior Associates can start demonstration debates, with the goal of setting a new, higher quality standard for serious debate.
3:15 - 3:45 PM: Looking Backward: Using Scenarios to Choose ActionWe'll break into groups, each examining a "headline" announcing a nanotechnology-related future event.
Placing yourself in that timeframe, look back and project a scenario for how this event came to occur.
Sample headline: "US Announces Apollo-style Nanotech Project: We'll have an assembler in my term, vows President"
- What events led up to it?
- Who did, or did not do, what action?
- What did the people in this room do to make this event occur?
- Finally: should we try to maximize the chance of this scenario, or minimize it?
Gathering conclusions, requests, pats on the back, and farewells. Promises to meet again next year, same time, same place.
3:45 - 4:45 PM: Groups give capsule summaries of their scenarios.
4:45 - 5:00 PM: Review of Feynman Grand Prize date guesstimates: did yours change and if so, how?
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