The end of the thermodynamics of computation?

March 29, 2014

In a recent post, the always intelligent and provocative Cosma Shalizi notes John D. Norton’s argument against (nearly) thermodynamically reversible computation, but Norton’s argument is mistaken. In his paper “The End of the Thermodynamics of Computation: A No-Go Result,” Norton correctly states that “In a [nearly] thermodynamically reversible process, all component systems are in [nearly] […]

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Civilizational impact

March 13, 2014

Nanoelectronics is a nanotechnology that makes possible the drone technologies that threaten to upend the power relationships that underpin modern civilization: Drones will cause an upheaval of society like we haven’t seen in 700 years Noah Smith is often worth reading:

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Environmental Impact

March 5, 2014

From xkcd. How to roll back the impact of agriculture here.

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Speaking in Colorado at two Curiosity Retreats

March 4, 2014

John Hendricks founded the Discovery Channel and Discovery Communications, aiming to change the way people think about science and the world around them. The Curiosity Project, is his new, personally funded venture to bring audiences “deep dive” content in science, technology, and broader areas of human concern. I will be speaking at the two inaugural […]

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Apologies for Oxford talk overflow

January 25, 2014

My apologies to readers who were turned away from my Oxford talk on Radical Abundance last Wednesday — the room had reached capacity.

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Talk at Oxford: “Remaking the 21st Century”

January 21, 2014

I’m giving a talk for the Oxford University Scientific Society this Thursday, January 23rd. See announcement: Dr Eric Drexler: “Remaking the 21st Century” (Thursday, in the Lindemann Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Lab) 23/1, 8:15 pm. Note also my Oxford book event tomorrow, January 22nd. (Previous post here.)

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Book talk at Oxford

December 10, 2013

I will be giving a book talk hosted by the Oxford Martin School and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology. Reception follows. Radical abundance: How a revolution in nanotechnology will change civilization 22 January 2014 17:00 – 18:30 Oxford Martin School 34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets) Oxford […]

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Radical Abundance featured in the Times Literary Supplement

December 9, 2013

See note and link here.

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One hour question session after OSU technical talk

November 23, 2013

Good questions, too.

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Pauling Memorial Lecture, Portland Oregon

November 16, 2013

After touching base here at Oxford, I’m off to give a Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture in Portland Oregon (7pm Wednesday, November 20th). Linus Pauling helped to found the fields of quantum chemistry and molecular biology, and he received the 1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his fundamental work on the nature of the chemical bond. […]

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Speaking in Seoul

November 12, 2013

Evening style I’ll giving the keynote talk at this year’s Tech Plus Forum in Seoul on Thursday morning, following the opening remarks by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy. The Tech Plus Forum has previously drawn up to 8000 participants and is organized by the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology, cosponsored by the […]

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XKCD answers the questions

November 11, 2013

Looks about right.

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