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Gosper glider gun from Conway’s Game of Life / "I think when I find the code that generates our world, it will be about six lines." ~ Stephen Wolfram

Web Sites

KurzweilAI

This site is a must for both daily updates and extensive background content.
“KurzweilAI.net features the big thoughts of today’s big thinkers examining the confluence of accelerating revolutions that are shaping our future world, and the inside story on new technological and social realities from the pioneers actively working in these arenas. We are witnessing intersecting revolutions in a plethora of fields: biotechnology, nanotechnology, molecular electronics, computation, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, virtual reality, human brain reverse engineering, brain augmentation, robotics, and many others. The leading visionaries represented on this site examine these transforming trends and their profound impact on economics, the arts, politics, government, warfare, medicine, health, education, disabilities, social mores, and sexuality.”

Foresight Institute (Nanotechnology Institute)

Best source for both daily updates and extensive background content on nanotechnology.
“Foresight is the leading think tank and public interest institute on nanotechnology. … Foresight is a premiere source of news relating to nanotechnology policy, applications and research. Here, you can read daily headlines from Nanodot, our blog, and our marketing partners, Nanovip.com and Nanotechnology News.”

For more on nanotechnology, also see:
Nanotechnology (Ralph Merkle’s site)
, http://www.zyvex.com/nano/
Eric Drexler’s Web Site, 
http://e-drexler.com/
Nanotechnology Now, 
http://www.nanotech-now.com/

Edge
“To arrive at the edge of the world’s knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves.”
At Edge, John Brockman gathers some of the leading minds of our time and allows them to present themselves though articles, interviews, video clips, and links to their sites. Edge contributors include, just to list a few who are also among the Foreign Policy/Prospect list of top public intellectuals, Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Jared Diamond, Howard Gardner, Neil Gershenfeld, Daniel Kahneman, Steven Pinker, V.S. Ramachandran, Lee Smolin, J. Craig Venter, and E.O. Wilson.

Programmable Matter
“The Programmable Matter (TM) Corporation is a research corporation based in Lakewood, Colorado. PMC was formed for the express purpose of exploring and developing dynamically configurable ismart materials and the technology associated with them. Through the application of geometric/insulative barriers and electric fields, it is possible to manipulate the electron structure of semiconductor materials, and thus alter their electrical, optical, thermal, and magnetic properties in real time. Applications are virtually limitless, but include photovoltaics, color-changing materials, thermal and optical switches, switchable magnets, thermoelectric devices (e.g., solid-state coolers), and emissive or reflective displays.
“The existing technology of quantum dots and artificial atoms leads logically to the idea of programmable dopant fibers, or “Wellstone (TM).” Wellstone(TM) smart materials can introduce quantum dopants into a bulk material whose properties can then be adjusted in real time.”

Foresight Institute (Nanotechnology Institute)
“Foresight is the leading think tank and public interest institute on nanotechnology. … Foresight is a premiere source of news relating to nanotechnology policy, applications and research. Here, you can read daily headlines from Nanodot, our blog, and our marketing partners, Nanovip.com and Nanotechnology News.”

New Scientist
“www.NewScientist.com is the ultimate science and technology website with over 76,000 content pieces. Launched in 1996 and since extended to include three channels (Space, Tech and Environment), a YouTube channel, podcast series, regular vodcasts and 6 blogs, New Scientist online has over 2 million monthly unique users. Our online content is delivered by New Scientist’s editors and journalists, citizen journalists and external bloggers.”
While New Scientist covers all of the sciences, its articles constitute an ongoing tutorial in emerging issues in theoretical physics, especially quantum theory.

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