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The Foresight Institute is a Palo Alto, California-based research non-profit dedicated to promoting the development of nanotechnology (and other emerging technologies).wikipedia
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Molecular nanotechnology

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The institute holds conferences on molecular nanotechnology and is one of the independent foundations in the nanotechnology area. Other founding members include molecular nanotechnology proponent K. Eric Drexler as president, and space entrepreneur James C. Bennett.
A roadmap for the development of MNT is an objective of a broadly based technology project led by Battelle (the manager of several U.S. National Laboratories) and the Foresight Institute.

Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology

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Named to honor 1965 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Richard Feynman, the Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology was started in 1993, with two prizes being awarded for theory and experimentation every year since 1997.
The Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology is an award given by the Foresight Institute for significant advances in nanotechnology.

Christine Peterson

The Institute was founded in 1986 by author Christine Peterson, who still serves on the Board of Directors.
Christine Peterson is an American forecaster, and the co-founder of Foresight Institute.

Nanotechnology

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The Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology is an award given by the Foresight Institute for significant advances in nanotechnology.
Also in 1986, Drexler co-founded The Foresight Institute (with which he is no longer affiliated) to help increase public awareness and understanding of nanotechnology concepts and implications.

Drexler–Smalley debate on molecular nanotechnology

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A public debate ensued through written papers and letters, dubbed the Drexler-Smalley debate on molecular nanotechnology.
He also co-founded the Foresight Institute, a public interest group devoted to increasing public awareness and information about molecular nanotechnology.

James C. Bennett

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Other founding members include molecular nanotechnology proponent K. Eric Drexler as president, and space entrepreneur James C. Bennett.
Jim Bennet is one of the directors of the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing (IMM), affiliated with the Foresight Institute.

Transhumanism

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In 1986, Eric Drexler published Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology, which discussed the prospects for nanotechnology and molecular assemblers, and founded the Foresight Institute.

Palo Alto, California

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The Foresight Institute is a Palo Alto, California-based research non-profit dedicated to promoting the development of nanotechnology (and other emerging technologies).

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The Foresight Institute is a Palo Alto, California-based research non-profit dedicated to promoting the development of nanotechnology (and other emerging technologies).

K. Eric Drexler

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Other founding members include molecular nanotechnology proponent K. Eric Drexler as president, and space entrepreneur James C. Bennett.
Drexler and Christine Peterson, at that time husband and wife, founded the Foresight Institute in 1986 with the mission of "Preparing for nanotechnology."

Engines of Creation

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Drexler's book, Engines of Creation, was one of the institute's founding documents.

L5 Society

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Many of its initial members came from the L5 Society.

Richard Feynman

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Named to honor 1965 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Richard Feynman, the Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology was started in 1993, with two prizes being awarded for theory and experimentation every year since 1997. The prize is named in honor of physicist Richard Feynman, whose 1959 talk There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom is considered to have inspired and informed the start of the field of nanotechnology.

Mitch Kapor

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In 1991, two sister organizations were formed: the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing (IMM) and the Center for Constitutional Issues in Technology (CCIT), with funding from tech entrepreneur Mitch Kapor.

David M. Berube

CCIT was founded to study policy issues, but communications professor David M. Berube argued in 2005 that it had not accomplished much in this area.

Technological utopianism

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Foresight and its founder Eric Drexler have been criticized for technological utopianism and unrealistic expectations.

Steven Block

Stanford researcher Steven Block has called Foresight a "cult of futurists", and said that visions which might resemble science fiction would hold back research progress.

Science fiction

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Stanford researcher Steven Block has called Foresight a "cult of futurists", and said that visions which might resemble science fiction would hold back research progress.

Richard Smalley

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Chemist and Nobel laureate Richard Smalley was originally a supporter of Foresight during the early 1990s, before changing his mind and becoming a prominent critic of Foresight and Drexler.

There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom

The prize is named in honor of physicist Richard Feynman, whose 1959 talk There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom is considered to have inspired and informed the start of the field of nanotechnology. The Grand Prize is intended to emulate historical prizes such as the Longitude prize, Orteig Prize, Kremer prize, Ansari X Prize, and two prizes that were offered by Richard Feynman personally as challenges during his 1959 There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom talk.

Longitude rewards

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The Grand Prize is intended to emulate historical prizes such as the Longitude prize, Orteig Prize, Kremer prize, Ansari X Prize, and two prizes that were offered by Richard Feynman personally as challenges during his 1959 There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom talk.

Orteig Prize

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The Grand Prize is intended to emulate historical prizes such as the Longitude prize, Orteig Prize, Kremer prize, Ansari X Prize, and two prizes that were offered by Richard Feynman personally as challenges during his 1959 There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom talk.

Kremer prize

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The Grand Prize is intended to emulate historical prizes such as the Longitude prize, Orteig Prize, Kremer prize, Ansari X Prize, and two prizes that were offered by Richard Feynman personally as challenges during his 1959 There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom talk.

Ansari X Prize

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The Grand Prize is intended to emulate historical prizes such as the Longitude prize, Orteig Prize, Kremer prize, Ansari X Prize, and two prizes that were offered by Richard Feynman personally as challenges during his 1959 There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom talk.

X Prize Foundation

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In 2004, X-Prize Foundation founder Peter Diamandis was selected to chair the Feynman Grand Prize committee.