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Vision Weekend France: Molecular Machines Panel

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Panellists: Alexis Courbet, Erik Benson, Stephane Redon, Dean Thomas. Recorded at Vision Weekend France.


Key Highlights

  • The panel discusses molecular nanotechnology and the potential for compact machines to replace industrial facilities.
  • They discuss advances in the field, which include protein design, protein folding, and dynamic structures that respond to stimuli.
  • It is noted how molecular machines can automate the synthesis of other machines, similar to biology – computational protein design allows for the creation of new machines from scratch.
  • The panel concluded by highlighting the potential for molecular nanotechnology to bridge the gap between organic chemistry and automation.


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The President and CEO of Foresight Institute, Allison Duettmann directs the Intelligent Cooperation, Molecular Machines, Biotech & Health Extension, Neurotech, and Space Programs, alongside Fellowships, Prizes, and Tech Trees. She has also been pivotal in co-initiating the Longevity Prize, pioneering initiatives like Existentialhope.com, and contributing to notable works like "Superintelligence: Coordination & Strategy" and "Gaming the Future".


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