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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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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It’s official: “Nano” now means materials

November 11, 2013

From “About this journal”: Nano Research…focuses on all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology…ranging from…materials to…materials.”[edited for maximal snark] Here’s the full paragraph: Nano Research is a peer-reviewed, international and interdisciplinary research journal that focuses on all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Submissions are solicited in all topical areas, ranging from basic aspects of the science […]

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What Aristotle can teach us
about nanotechnology

November 7, 2013

What is “nanotechnology”? There has been enormous confusion, and Aristotle can help to cut through the tangle: …[a] distinction must be drawn; the instruments commonly so called are instruments of production, whilst a possession is an instrument of action. [In weaving, for example,] the shuttle…is not only of use; but something else is made by […]

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Atomic precision or atomically precise design?

November 6, 2013

Why is foldamer engineering a key to unlocking the potential of atomically precise engineering? The reason is that foldamers (polypeptides, polypeptoids, nucleic acids, and the like) form a modular construction kit for a vast, combinatorial range of structures, while most other atomically precise constructs do not. Consider a recent surprising discovery in the world of […]

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