Foresight Institute Offers Nanotechnology Tutorial

Industry experts to cover history, basics, ethics, and prospects


Palo Alto, CA – February 6, 2003 – Foresight Institute, a nonprofit educational organization focused on molecular nanotechnology, will offer a Fundamentals of Nanotechnology tutorial, May 2, 2003 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Hotel Crown Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto, Calif. Registration for the general public is $475 ($400 if registered by March 1, 2003). Current or new Foresight Institute Senior Associates can attend for $225*.

“The Fundamentals tutorial is designed for individuals who want to get a quick grasp of the basics,” said Ralph Merkle, Vice President, Technology Assessment at Foresight Institute. “We are structuring the tutorial to make sense to the general public who have some technical background, including investors, managers, analysts, attorneys, technical writers and everyone curious about our future.”

Fundamentals of Nanotechnology is organized into four different segments taught by technical and business nanotechnology industry professionals. The first half will cover ethics, history, technical overview and philosophy, whereas the second half will cover the business oriented side of nanotechnology.

Topics that will be covered are:

- What are the different types of nanotechnology?
- Which are long-term, which are near term?
- What are nanotubes, molectronics, bionanotechnology, scanning probes, quantum dots?
- What is the role of software?
- In what sequence will opportunities arrive?

Instructors:

- Dr. Eric Drexler, Founder of Foresight Institute, and author of Engines of Creation and Nanosystems, will cover “Nanotechnology in Perspective: History, Status and Prospects.”

- “What is Nanotechnology: Health, Wealth and the Arrangement of Atoms” presented by Dr. Ralph C. Merkle, discusses how nanotechnology can change our lives. Molecular computers more powerful than any of today's, molecular machines that cruise our arteries and zap cancer -- these and other changes are coming, but how long will it take and how might it happen?

- “Near-Term Commercial Opportunities in Nanotechnology” will be presented by Scott Mize, Co-founder of Angstro Vision, Inc. and Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Nanotechnology Opportunity Report. Mize will discuss nanoscale engineering, current market hype, and key findings from the Nanotechnology Opportunity Report.

- Ed Niehaus, Advisor to the Foresight Institute and Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing and Software Development Forum, will discuss “Nanotechnology Business Scenarios.”


How to register
The Fundamentals of Nanotechnology Tutorial is open to the public. Space is limited to a first come, first served basis. Individuals can register online at www.foresight.org or over the telephone at 650.917.1122. Registration for the general public is $475 ($400 if registered by March 1, 2003). Current or new Foresight Institute Senior Associates can attend for $225*.

*The Fundamentals of Nanotechnology tutorial is the kick-off day for the Annual Senior Associate Gathering “Exploring the Edges” which will be held May 2-3-4, 2003. The gathering is open to new or current Senior Associates of the Foresight Institute. To find out more about becoming a Senior Associate Email Contact.

About Foresight Institute
Foresight Institute, founded in 1986, is a nonprofit educational organization formed to help prepare society for molecular nanotechnology. Foresight Institute's goal is to guide emerging technologies to improve the human condition. The Institute focuses its efforts to enhance knowledge exchange and critical discussion, thus improving public and private policy decisions. For more information visit our website at www.foresight.org.

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