IMM Reports (#1-51). Topics in Molecular Manufacturing
Working Group Proceedings for the International Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems:
Molecular Machine Pathways
Scientific American debate #2. IMM responds to attacks on the feasibility of molecular assemblers.
Neil Jacobstein, “Foresight Guidelines,” April 2006.
Neil Jacobstein, Ralph Merkle, and Robert Freitas, “Balancing the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s R&D Portfolio,” 29 May 2002. A Foresight/IMM White Paper submitted to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Diamond Trees (Tropostats): A Molecular Manufacturing Based System for Compositional Atmospheric Homeostasis,” IMM Report 43, 10 February 2010; http://www.imm.org/Reports/rep043.pdf
Drexler, K. Eric, “Building Molecular Machine Systems,” Trends in Biotechnology, Jan. 1999.
Neil Jacobstein “Molecular Nanotechnology: Security and Environmental Risk Management,” IMM Report NJ9902, February 1999.
In 2005 Dr. Forrest prepared a white paper entitled “Molecular Manufacturing Will Change Materials Technology” for the Advisory Technical Awareness Council, the technology “look-ahead” arm of ASM International. The paper assesses the state of the art in progress on molecular manufacturing and provides recommendations to the society.
David Forrest, “Molecular Manufacturing for Clean, Low Cost Textile Production,” in: Proceedings of Ecotextile 04, held in Manchester, UK, 7-8 July 2004, Bolton Institute, Deane Road, UK.
David Forrest, “Perspectives on Nano2002: the Sixth International Conference on Nanostructured Materials,” held at the Rosen Center, Orlando, Florida, 16-21 June 2002. http://www.nanoindustries.com/feature/Nano2002.html.
David Forrest, “Molecular Manufacturing Development and Technology Planning,” published in: Proceedings of the 32nd International SAMPE Technical Conference, Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, held 5-9 Nov. 2000, Boston, MA.
David Forrest, “The Future Impact of Molecular Nanotechnology on Textile Technology and on the Textile Industry,” Proceedings of Discover Expo ’95: Industrial Fabric & Equipment Exposition, held 12 October 1995, Charlotte, North Carolina; pub. Industrial Fabric Association International, 1995.
In addition, with the author’s permission we have converted the original article on molecular nanotechnology into hypertext format and made it available here: Drexler, K. Eric, “Molecular engineering: An approach to the development of general capabilities for molecular manipulation,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, September 1, 1981, vol. 78, no. 9, p. 5275-5278.
IMM promotes the advancement of molecular manufacturing by funding direct research, and by presenting at meetings, seminars, and conferences.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Nanofactory-Based Environmental Remediation: Cleanup of Polluted Oil Sands Tailings Pond Water in Alberta, Canada,” IMM Report 51, April 2023; http://www.imm.org/Reports/rep051.pdf
Ted Kaehler, “A Three-Axis Jig for Assembling Molecular Blocks,” 20 October 2020. A Jig for Molecular Assembly
Nuno R. B. Martins, Amara Angelica, Krishnan Chakravarthy, Yuriy Svidinenko, Frank J. Boehm, Ioan Opris, Mikhail A. Lebedev, Melanie Swan, Steven A. Garan, Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld, Tad Hogg, Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Human Brain/Cloud Interface,” Front. Neurosci., 29 March 2019. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnins.2019.00112/full.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Energy Density,” IMM Report 50, June 2019; http://www.imm.org/Reports/rep050.pdf
Guang-Zhong Yang, James Bellingham, Pierre Dupont, Paolo Dario, Peer Fischer, Lucianno Floridi, Robert Full, Neil Jacobstein, Vijay Kumar, Marcia McNutt, Robert Merrifield, Bradley Nelson, Brian Scassellati, Mariarosaria Taddeo, Russell Taylor, Manuela Veloso, Zhong Lin Wang, Robert Wood. “The Grand Challenges of Science Robotics.” Science Robotics. 31 Jan 2018: Vol. 3, Issue 14, aar7650.”
Tad Hogg, Stress-Based Navigation for Microscopic Robots in Viscous Fluids, J. of Micro-Bio Robots 14:59-67 (2018). https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.00762
Ralph C. Merkle, Robert A. Freitas Jr., Tad Hogg, Thomas E. Moore, Matthew S. Moses, James Ryley, “Mechanical Computing Systems Using Only Links and Rotary Joints,” Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 2018;10(6):061006. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1801.03534
J. Storrs Hall, Where is My Flying Car?
Kindle books 2018
This is a fairly major work of technological history and futurism, covering private aviation, nanotechnology, fusion and other energy sources, regulation, innovation, and technological backlash, and related subjects.
Rob Freitas described it as “awesome.”
Ralph C. Merkle, “New Technologies and Climate Change,” IMM Report 49, June 2017; http://www.imm.org/Reports/rep049.pdf
Tad Hogg, Matthew S. Moses and Damian G. Allis, “Evaluating the Friction of Rotary Joints in Molecular Machines,” Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, 2:235-252 (2017), DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00021A
Nuno R. B. Martins, Wolfram Erlhagen, Robert A. Freitas Jr., “Human Connectome Mapping and Monitoring Using Neuronanorobots,” J. Evol. Technol. 26(January 2016):1-25. http://jetpress.org/v26.1/martins.htm
Robert A. Freitas Jr., “The Alzheimer Protocols: A Nanorobotic Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Conditions,” IMM Report 48, June 2016; http://www.imm.org/Reports/rep048.pdf
Robert A. Freitas Jr., “The Whiskey Machine: Nanofactory-Based Replication of Fine Spirits and Other Alcohol-Based Beverages,” IMM Report 47, May 2016; http://www.imm.org/Reports/rep047.pdf
Ralph C. Merkle, Robert A. Freitas Jr., Tad Hogg, Thomas E. Moore, Matthew S. Moses, James Ryley, “Molecular Mechanical Computing Systems,” IMM Report 46, March 2016; http://www.imm.org/Reports/rep046.pdf
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, “Using Surface-Motions for Locomotion of Microscopic Robots in Viscous Fluids”, J. of Micro-Bio Robotics 9(3) 61-77 (2014), DOI: 10.1007/s12213-014-0074-z
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
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.
Tad Hogg, “Robust Self-Assembly Using Highly Designable Structures” at the Black Forest Focus on Soft Matter, Saig, Germany, 25-27 May 2011
Josh Hall, “Further Reflections on the Timescale of AI”, Solomonoff 85th Memorial Conference, Monash Univ, Melbourne, Australia, 30 Nov–2 Dec 2011
Josh Hall, “Ethics for Machines” in Machine Ethics, Michael Anderson & Susan Leigh Anderson (Eds), Cambridge University Press (May 9, 2011) ISBN 0521112354, pp28-46
Josh Hall, (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
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. The Future of Nanomedicine, The Futurist (January-February 2010):21-22
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)
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
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
David Forrest, “Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems,” Nanomanufacturing Conference and Exhibits, Society for Manufacturing Engineers, Framingham, MA, 22-23 April 2008.
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.
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.
A white paper, “Balancing the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s R&D Portfolio,” was presented to the Office of Science and Technology Policy.