IMM Presentations & Activities
IMM promotes the advancement of molecular manufacturing by funding direct research, and by presenting at meetings, seminars, and conferences.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., “The Nanofactory Solution to Global Climate Change: Atmospheric Carbon Capture,” IMM Report 45, December 2015; http://www.imm.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/rep045.pdf
Nuno R.B. Martins, Wolfram Erlhagen, Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Action Potential Monitoring Using Neuronanorobots: Neuroelectric Nanosensors,” Intl. J. Nanomaterials and Nanostructures 1(June 2015):20-41; http://materials.journalspub.info/index.php/IJNN/article/view/107.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Chapter 3. Temperature Effects On Medical Nanorobots,” in Charles Tandy, ed., The Prospect of Immortality — Fifty Years Later, RIA University Press, Ann Arbor MI, 2014; http://www.amazon.com/The-Prospect-Immortality-Fifty-Years/dp/1934297224.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., “The life-saving future of medicine,” The Guardian (U.K.), 29 March 2014 Supplement, back page; http://www.theguardian.com/what-is-nano/nano-and-the-life-saving-future-of-medicine.
Tad Hogg, “Distributed Control of Microscopic Robots in Biomedical Applications” in 2nd edition of Advances in Applied Self-Organizing Systems, chapter 8, Mikhail Prokopenko editor, pages 179-208, Springer, 2013.
Denis Tarasov, Ekaterina Izotova, Diana Alisheva, Natalia Akberova, Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Optimal Approach Trajectories for a Hydrogen Donation Tool in Positionally Controlled Diamond Mechanosynthesis,” J. Comput. Theor. Nanosci. 10(September 2013):1899-1907. http://www.molecularassembler.com/Papers/TarasovSep2013.pdf
Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Chapter 6. Diamondoid Nanorobotics,” in Constantinos Mavroidis, Antoine Ferreira, eds., NanoRobotics: Current Approaches and Techniques, Springer, New York, 2013. http://www.amazon.com/Nanorobotics-Approaches-Techniques-Constantinos-Mavroidis/dp/1461421187
Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Chapter 6. Welcome to the Future of Medicine,” in Max More, Natasha Vita-More, eds., The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, pp. 67-72. http://www.amazon.com/The-Transhumanist-Reader-Contemporary-Technology/dp/1118334299
J. Storrs Hall, Ph.D., Profiles of the Future, Newman Summer Symposium, Newman University, Wichita, KS; Artificial Responsibility, Beyond AI: Artificial Golem Intelligence, University of Western Bohemia, Plzen, Czech Republic.
Neil Jacobstein, Lecture and workshop discussions of the economic, ethical, technical, and environmental aspects of nanotechnology and atomically precise manufacturing in over a dozen executive seminars, and approximately 20 invited speaking engagements in the US, Argentina, Hungary, Holland, Denmark, Italy, England, and other countries. Several of the seminars were with C level executives from Fortune 1000 companies.
Neil Jacobstein, Singularity University Seminar in Milan. “Artificial Intelligence”, May 2, 2012. [Included references to molecular robotics]
Neil Jacobstein, Keren Hayesod Foundation, Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA, “Workshop on Ethics of Exponential Technologies.”, May 14, 2012.
Neil Jacobstein, SETI Institute Mountain View, California, SETICON II Panel. “What’s Next in Science?” June 22, 2012.
Neil Jacobstein, Singularity University at NASA Ames, Graduate Summer Program 2012, Workshop on the Ethics of Exponential Technologies.
Nuno R.B. Martins, Wolfram Erlhagen, Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Non-destructive whole-brain monitoring using nanorobots: Neural electrical data rate requirements,” Intl. J. Machine Consciousness 4(June 2012):109-140. http://www.nanomedicine.com/Papers/NanoroboticBrainMonitoring2012.pdf
Tad Hogg, Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Acoustic Communication for Medical Nanorobots,” Nano Communication Networks 3(June 2012):83-102. http://arxiv.org/abs/1202.0568
Denis Tarasov, Ekaterina Izotova, Diana Alisheva, Natalia Akberova, Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Structural Stability of Clean and Passivated Nanodiamonds having Ledge, Step, or Corner Features,” J. Comput. Theor. Nanosci. 9(January 2012):144-158. http://www.molecularassembler.com/Papers/TarasovFeb2012.pdf
Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Foreword,” in: Wim Helwegen, Luca Escoffier, eds., Nanotechnology Commercialization for Managers and Scientists, Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd., Singapore, 2012, pp. xxv-xxvi. http://www.panstanford.com/pdf/9789814364386fm.pdf
Josh Schonwald, “Chapter 19. The Nano Panacea,” in Josh Schonwald, The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food, HarperCollins Publishers, 2012, pp. 262-274. http://www.amazon.com/The-Taste-Tomorrow-Dispatches-Future/dp/0061804215/
Ralph Merkle, “State of Molecular Technology.” Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI); Stanford University’s Technology Futures and Global Trends. February 27, 2012.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Chapter 11. Diamondoid Mechanosynthesis for Tip-Based Nanofabrication,” in Ampere Tseng, ed., Tip-Based Nanofabrication: Fundamentals and Applications, Springer, New York, 2011, pp. 387-400.
Damian G. Allis, Brian Helfrich, Robert A. Freitas Jr., Ralph C. Merkle, “Analysis of Diamondoid Mechanosynthesis Tooltip Pathologies Generated via a Distributed Computing Approach,” J. Comput. Theor. Nanosci. 8(July 2011):1139-1161.
Denis Tarasov, Ekaterina Izotova, Diana Alisheva, Natalia Akberova, Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Structural Stability of Clean, Passivated, and Partially Dehydrogenated Cuboid and Octahedral Nanodiamonds up to 2 Nanometers in Size,” J. Comput. Theor. Nanosci. 8(February 2011):147-167.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Nanorobots in Your Future,” What’s Happening Magazine, 15 April 2011.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Penny Sarchet, “Nanofactories — a future vision,” The Guardian (U.K.), 25 November 2011.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Stephen Laifer, “Book Review: The Future of Aging,” Life Extension Magazine, September 2011, pp. 81-84.
T. Hogg & Freitas developed and evaluated designs of acoustic communication for medical nanorobots
T. Hogg “Robust Self-Assembly Using Highly Designable Structures” at the Black Forest Focus on Soft Matter, Saig, Germany, 25-27 May 2011
Hall, J. S. (2011) “Further Reflections on the Timescale of AI”, Solomonoff 85th Memorial Conference, Monash Univ, Melbourne, Australia, 30 Nov–2 Dec 2011
Hall, J. S. (2011) “Ethics for Machines” in Machine Ethics, Michael Anderson & Susan Leigh Anderson (Eds), Cambridge University Press (May 9, 2011) ISBN 0521112354, pp28-46
Hall, J. S. (2011) “Ethics for Self-Improving Machines” in Machine Ethics, Michael Anderson & Susan Leigh Anderson (Eds), Cambridge University Press (May 9, 2011) ISBN 0521112354, pp512-523
Neil Jacobstein, Stanford University, “Creative Disruption”, lecture for Media X Audience that referenced nanotechnology as one exponential technology that would cause disruption of current corporate and political systems. October, 19, 2011.
Neil Jacobstein, Singularity University at NASA Ames, Multiple Executive Programs, Workshop with Ralph Merkle on the Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology.
Neil Jacobstein, Singularity University at NASA Ames, Graduate Summer Program 2011, Workshop with Ralph Merkle on the Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology.
Neil Jacobstein, 4th ISPIM Innovation Symposium – Managing Innovation for Sustained Productivity: Creating Advantage and Resilience. Wellington, New Zealand. December 1, 2011. “Incremental and Transformational Innovation for Measurable Improvements in Knowledge Worker Productivity”. [included references to advanced nanotechnology]
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Chapter 23. Comprehensive Nanorobotic Control of Human Morbidity and Aging, in Gregory M. Fahy, Michael D. West, L. Stephen Coles, and Steven B. Harris, eds, The Future of Aging: Pathways to Human Life Extension, Springer, New York, 2010, pp. 685-805. http://www.nanomedicine.com/Papers/Aging.pdf
Tad Hogg, Robert A. Freitas Jr., Chemical Power for Microscopic Robots in Capillaries, Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine 6:298-317 (2010). Full text at arxiv.org
Denis Tarasov, Natalia Akberova, Ekaterina Izotova, Diana Alisheva, Maksim Astafiev, Robert A. Freitas Jr., Optimal Tooltip Trajectories in a Hydrogen Abstraction Tool Recharge Reaction Sequence for Positionally Controlled Diamond Mechanosynthesis, J. Comput. Theor. Nanosci. 7(February 2010):325-353.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Diamond Trees (Tropostats): A Molecular Manufacturing Based System for Compositional Atmospheric Homeostasis, IMM Report 43, 10 February 2010.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Long-Term Financial Stability in Cryonics, Cryonics 31(Third Quarter, 2010):4. http://www.alcor.org/cryonics/Cryonics2010-3.pdf
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Scenario Analysis using a Simple Econometric Model of Alcor Finances, Alcor Foundation, 15 October 2010.
Robert A. Freitas Jr. The Future of Nanomedicine, The Futurist (January-February 2010):21-22
Eliot Van Buskirk, 7 Disruptive Foods Changing the Way We Eat, Wired.com Epicenter, 7 April 2010.
Ralph C. Merkle, 2009 Feynman Lecture: Contributions of Robert Freitas to Molecular Nanotechnology, 2010 Foresight Conference on Nanotech and AI, Palo Alto CA, 16-17 January 2010.
Tad Hogg and Robert A. Freitas Jr., Chemical Power for Microscopic Robots in Capillaries. The work was mostly done during 2009, with minor improvements in early 2010 and the published article appeared in 2010, in the journal Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine 6:298-317 (2010)
Neil Jacobstein and Ralph Merkle collaborated on four 3 hour workshops on the Ethical Implications of Nanofactories. These were based on work began at IMM and presented for discussion and review at the non profit Singularity University in the NASA Ames Research Park.
Neil Jacobstein and Ralph Merkle gave two workshops in 2009 on the Ethical Implications of Nanofactories, at Singularity University at NASA Ames.
Neil Jacobstein gave a one day seminar on Augmented Decision Environments, Oct 19, 2009 at Stanford University. This seminar included a briefing on the possibilities for using molecular manufacturing to address some of humanities grand challenges.
Neil Jacobstein provided nanotechnology background for vetting some solar technology candidates for the Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Awards.
Neil Jacobstein wrote a chapter on Nanotechnology in: “Fighting Chance: Global Trends and Shocks in the National Security Environment”, Edited by Neyla Arnas, National Defense University Press and Potomac Books, 2009.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Meeting the Challenge of Building Diamondoid Medical Nanorobots, Intl. J. Robotics Res. 28(April 2009):548-557. (DOI: 10.1177/0278364908100501) http://www.nanomedicine.com/Papers/MeetChallengeIJRR2009.doc
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Chapter 15. Computational Tasks in Medical Nanorobotics, in M.M. Eshaghian-Wilner, ed., Bio-inspired and Nano-scale Integrated Computing, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2009, pp. 391-428. http://www.nanomedicine.com/Papers/NanorobotControl2009.pdf
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Medical Nanorobotics: The Long-Term Goal for Nanomedicine, in Mark J. Schulz, Vesselin N. Shanov, eds., Nanomedicine Design of Particles, Sensors, Motors, Implants, Robots, and Devices, Artech House, Norwood MA, 2009, Chapter 14, pp. 367-392.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Welcome to the Future of Medicine, Studies in Health Technol. Inform. 149(2009):251-256.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Nanotechnology and Radically Extended Life Span, Life Extension Magazine 15(January 2009):80-85. http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2009/jan2009_Nanotechnology-Radically-Extended-Life-Span_01.htm
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Nanomedicine, in Stephen Valentine, Timeship, Images Publications, Mulgrave, VIC, Australia, 2009, pp. 10-11.
Ralph C. Merkle, Robert A. Freitas Jr., The Importance of MNT to the Cryonics Community, Cryonics 29(Fourth Quarter, 2008):4-5. (published August 2009) http://www.alcor.org/cryonics/cryonics0804.pdf
Ralph C. Merkle, Robert A. Freitas Jr., A Cryopreservation Revival Scenario using MNT, Cryonics 29(Fourth Quarter, 2008):6-8. (published August 2009) http://www.alcor.org/Library/html/MNTscenario.html
Interview with Robert Freitas and Ralph Merkle, Cryonics 29(Fourth Quarter, 2008):9-11. (published August 2009) http://www.alcor.org/cryonics/cryonics0804.pdf
Ralph Merkle and Robert Freitas made a presentation at a life extension conference that has led, along with the efforts of others, to the formation of a company to pursue a variety of life extension technologies, including medical nanorobotics. The talk was titled:
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Ralph C. Merkle, Nanomedicine, Manhattan Beach Project Summit, Manhattan Beach, California, 13-15 November 2009. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4ILDPiMs3M&feature=PlayList&p=588FEE45FE5B5D60&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=50
Robert A. Freitas Jr. received the 2009 Feynman Prize in nanotechnology for theory (http://www.foresight.org/about/2009Feynman.html#2009Winners), in part for his work at IMM.
Tad Hogg and Robert A. Freitas Jr., Chemical Power for Microscopic Robots in Capillaries. The work was mostly done during 2009, with minor improvements in early 2010 and the published article appeared in 2010, in the journal Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine 6:298-317 (2010). Full text at arxiv.org.
Robert A Freitas, Jr. won the 2007 Foresight Prize in Communication.
D.R. Forrest and N. Jacobstein, “Low Cost, Atomically-Precise Manufacturing of Defense Systems: Progress and Applications,” presented at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers conference Productive Nanosystems: Launching the Technology Roadmap, DoubleTree Hotel Crystal City, Arlington, VA , 9-10 October 2007.
David Forrest, Robert Freitas, and Neil Jacobstein provided substantial contributions to the International Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems with three Working Group Proceedings: Molecular Machine Pathways, Diamondoid Mechanosynthesis, and Near-Term Applications. In addition, they provided editing assistance on the Fabrication section.
Neil Jacobstein discussed molecular nanotechnology at the “Robust Futures Workshop” in the Reuters Digital Vision Program, Stanford University, March 9, 2007. This workshop got rave reviews from participants.
David Forrest presented a talk on “Molecular Nanotechnology and the National Defense” at the Institute for Defense Analyses, 19 January 2007.
Neil Jacobstein gave a talk on “Nanotechnology and Naval Energy R&D” at the Office of Naval Research sponsored Naval Science &Technology Partnership Conference: 2006, August 2, 2006.
Presentation: Forrest, D. R., “Transport Phenomena in Nanomechanical Systems for Molecular Manufacturing,” presented at the 2006 TMS Fall Extraction & Processing Meeting: Sohn International Symposium, San Diego, CA, 27-31 August 2006.
As a member of the Working Group for the Battelle/Foresight International Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, David Forrest presented a talk on “A Perspective on Approaches and Pathways to Productive Nanosystems” on March 20th at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN.
Robert Freitas presented an invited lecture, “Nanomedicine and Medical Nanorobotics: The Path Forward,” at the Sixth Alcor Conference: An Inside Look at the Science and Medicine of Tomorrow, 7 October 2006, Scottsdale, AZ.
Robert Freitas and Ralph Merkle co-founded the Nanofactory Collaboration. This group facilitates alliances with researchers on projects that advance the development of molecular manufacturing systems.
IMM contributed two presentations on molecular manufacturing at the “Workshop on Molecular Self-Assembly for Manufacturing of Materials and Devices at the Molecular Scale,” held 9-11 February 2005 at the National Research Council, Washington, DC.
Neil Jacobstein gave a Keynote Talk on “The Future of Bits and Molecules” at the Annual Investors Meeting of Levensohn Venture Partners in May 2005.
Neil Jacobstein discussed molecular nanotechnology and the Foresight Guidelines at an Aspen Institute Socrates Seminar that he moderated on “Future Perspectives” July 2-4, 2005.
Neil Jacobstein provided a presentation on the feasibility and ethics of molecular manufacturing, to the New Zealand Ministry of Science and Technology in Wellington, NZ.
Neil Jacobstein presented a talk entitled, “Foresight Guidelines Update: Traction, Feedback, and Draft Version 5.0” at the Foresight Vision Weekend, 23 October 2005.
David Forrest and Josh Hall participated in a debate “Nanotechnology: Radical New Science or Plus Ça Change?,” U. of Nottingham Surface Science Summer School, Nottingham, UK, 24 August 2005. A transcript of the debate and streaming video are available. Forrest posted post-debate comments and you will also find comments from Richard Jones on his blog.
David Forrest presented a talk entitled: “Progress in Molecular Manufacturing,” (both slides and audio available from this link), Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology: Focusing on the Cutting Edge, 13th Foresight Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology, San Francisco, 22-27 October 2005.
Neil Jacobstein reviewed and provided comments to Ralph Merkle and Robert Freitas on their book on Kinematic Self Replicating Machines.
David Forrest presented an invited talk for the Society for Manufacturing Engineers at their emerging technology forum in Minneapolis, 4 May 2005.
Robert Freitas submitted the first patent ever filed on diamond mechanosynthesis:
Robert A. Freitas Jr., “A Simple Tool for Positional Diamond Mechanosynthesis, and its Method of Manufacture,” U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/543,802, filed 11 February 2004; U.S. Patent Pending, 11 February 2005.
Robert Freitas gave an invited lecture, “Pathway to Diamond-Based Molecular Manufacturing,” at the First Symposium on Molecular Machine Systems at the First Foresight Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology, 22 October 2004, Washington, DC.
Robert Freitas gave an invited lecture, “Nanomedicine and Medical Nanorobotics,” at the First Foresight Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology, 23 October 2004, Washington, DC.
Robert Freitas and Ralph Merkle co-authored the technical book Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines (Landes
Bioscience, 2004), a landmark survey of the theoretical and experimental literature pertaining to physical self-replicating systems and self-replication.
Neil Jacobstein gave a keynote talk on: “Nanotechnology and Molecular Manufacturing” at the 11,000 member American Association of Clinical Chemistry Oak Ridge Conference, April 30, 2004.
Neil Jacobstein gave a keynote talk on: “Inventing the Future of Nanotechnology” for a monthly Forum of executives at the Greenwich Connecticut Country Club, March 25, 2004.
Neil Jacobstein made recommendations to the National Academy of Sciences on their upcoming panels and studies on the feasibility of nanotechnology, Spring/Summer, 2004.
Neil Jacobstein gave a talk on “The Strategic Significance of Nanotechnology and Molecular Manufacturing” at the Foresight Senior Associates Gathering, May 16, 2004.
Neil Jacobstein gave a briefing on “Nanotechnology and Molecular Manufacturing” to a group of officers and faculty at the National Security Forum, Maxwell Air Force Base, May 27, 2004.
Neil Jacobstein created and moderated a three-day Aspen Institute Socrates Seminar on “Future Scenarios: Tunneling Through the Uncertainty Barrier”, July 2-5, 2004. The seminar dealt with the need to anticipate the possibility, probability, and potential impacts of powerful new technologies, including molecular nanotechnology and manufacturing.
David Forrest presented the keynote address, “Molecular Manufacturing for Clean, Low Cost Textile Production,” at Ecotextile 04 in Manchester, UK, on July 7, 2004. He also prepared a corresponding paper on the same subject.
David Forrest participated in a workshop on “Analysis of a Series of Emerging and Potentially Disruptive Advanced Manufacturing Technologies,” at the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing in Washington DC, July 22, 2004.
Neil Jacobstein gave a presentation on “Prospects for Molecular Manufacturing” to an invitation only International Fondazione EL.B.A.NanoForum on Nanoscale Science and Technology co-sponsored by the Max Planck Society: August 28-31, 2003.
Neil Jacobstein spoke at a Cato Institute Panel Discussion Co-sponsored
with The Economist on “Nanotechnology: The Money, Science and Politics of the “Next Big Thing”“, December 11, 2003:
Dr. Forrest served as a reviewer for the report “Nanotechnology for the Intelligence Community,” Committee on Nanotechnology for the Intelligence Community, National Research Council, ISBN: 0-309-55081-5, 19 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, (2005).
A white paper, “Balancing the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s R&D Portfolio,” was presented to the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Neil Jacobstein gave a presentation on Molecular Nanotechnology as part
of a panel on “Nanotech: The Next 1017 Nanoseconds” moderated by Steve Jurvetson at the Churchill Club, April 17, 2002.
David Forrest was an invited speaker at the Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Team’s Reading Nanoscience Workshop, University of South Carolina Philosophy Department, August 2002.
IMM awarded three IMM Prizes in Computational Nanotechnology at the 10th Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology.
2001 and before
Neil Jacobstein presented an Aspen Institute Socrates Seminar entitled “Genes, Nanobots, and Megawatts” July 5-8 2001.
David Forrest presented an invited talk entitled, “Molecular Manufacturing: Implications for Polymers,” to the ASTM D-20 Committee on Polymers, Montreal, Canada, 23 July 2001.
David Forrest Presented a seminar on “Molecular Manufacturing and the National Defense” at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, West Bethesda, MD, 24 September 2001.
Dr. Forrest co-organized a session on Nanotechnology at ASM Solutions 2001, November 2001.
David Forrest presented an invited talk entitled, “Molecular Manufacturing Development and Technology Planning,” at the 32nd International SAMPE Technical Conference, Boston, MA, November 2000.
David Forrest organized a session on Molecular Manufacturing at ASM Solutions 2000, October 2000.
IMM Research fellow Dr. John Storrs Hall spoke on “Towards a Hardware Description Language for Molecular Machinery”at the Seventh Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology (October 15 -17, 1999)