• Projects Submission

    Submit your project by 10:15 am on Sunday

    via the button on the right 

    or by going to https://goo.gl/forms/ryrFfjxQrSTzaUCe2

  • About the Event

    AI for Scientific Progress: Bringing Digital Control to Physical Matter is a 2-1/2 day, fast-paced interactive workshop in Silicon Valley, targeted at generating new insights, new projects, and new funding for the goal of applying advanced computer science to the challenges of atomic precision.

    A multidisciplinary group of specialists in artificial intelligence—broadly defined—will collaborate with those tackling the challenges of constructing atomically-precise 3D structures, including pathways using chemistry, applied physics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and engineering.

    Areas to be addressed include complex structures built via organic and inorganic synthesis; objects and devices constructed from DNA, RNA, proteins, or biomimetic polymers; construction via scanning probe; and other approaches to building with increasing precision from the bottom up.



    Friday, September 30

    Starting at 2:00 p.m., ending time 9:00 p.m.

    Saturday, October 1

    Starting at 9:00 a.m., ending time 9:00 p.m.

    Sunday, October 2

    Starting at 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


    The Lodge (Elks) Palo Alto
    Palo Alto Room, 2nd floor

    4249 El Camino Real
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (650) 493-4249

  • Video

    Impressions of a past workshop hosted by Foresight Institute.

    About Foresight Institute

    1 minute

    About our workshops

    1 minute

  • Confirmed Participants


    Dion Whitehead Amago, Autodesk Research, Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter

    Lauren Barghout, BurningEyedeas, UC. Berkeley Institute for Soft Computing

    Jeremy Barton, Nanofactory Corporation

    Angela Morente Cheng, ExO Works

    Paul Cherukuri, Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Rice Univ.

    John Denning, Universal Medical Services & Health Management Co.

    Martin Edelstein, Covalent / AguaVia

    Yad Faeq, 4th n Town Machine Learning R&D

    Rob Freitas, Co-Founder/COO of Nanofactory Corporation

    Steve Fowkes, Nanopolymer Systems

    Franz J. Giessibl, Universität Regensburg, Institute of Expt. and Applied Physics

    Don Gilmore, Software Architect

    James Gimzewski, UCLA, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Dan Girshovich, Zee.Aero, The Embassy Network

    William A Goddard, III, Caltech, Dept. of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics

    Ben Goertzel, Hanson Robotics, Aidyia Limited, AGI Society and OpenCog Foundation

    Bartosz A. Grzybowski, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, S. Korea

    Si-Ping Han, Caltech, Dept. of Chemistry

    Cosmo Harrigan, ChannelAgility

    Sergei V. Kalinin, Oak Ridge National Lab, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences

    Kent Kemmish, Stealth Biotech

    Rick Lewis, GlaxoSmithKlein

    James Lewis, Foresight Institute

    Ruiting Lian, Computational Linguistics, Xiamen University, China

    Moshe Looks, Google, Machine Intelligence

    Joseph W. Lyding, UIUC, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Ralph Merkle, Co-founder/President of Nanofactory Corporation

    Neal McBurnett, Data Science

    Farhan Malik, Architecture of Things

    Nicola Marzari, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; MIT

    Conrad Pfeiffer, Temple University, Dept. of Chemistry

    Bogdana Rakova, Samsung Research America

    Patrick Riley, Google, Machine Intelligence

    Natalia Díaz Rodríguez, Data Science

    Bruce Smith, Software Developer

    Mikhail Soutchanski, Ryerson University, Dept. of Computer Science

    Reto Stamm, Two Pore Guys, Inc.

    Deepak Srivastava, Taechyon Robotics Inc.

    Sara Szymkuc, DARPA Make-It program at GSI, Ltd

    E. Dean Tribble, Synchrona, LLC

    Aaron Virshup, Autodesk, Bio/Nano Group Scientist

    Anatole von Lilienfeld, University of Basel, Dept. of Chemistry

    Peter Voss, AGI Innovations Inc.

    Zhiyong Zhang, Stanford University, Dept. of Computational Science


  • Your facilitators

    Christine Peterson

    Christine Peterson is Co-founder and former President of Foresight Institute. She lectures and writes about nanotechnology, AI, and longevity. Christine leads Foresight’s technical workshops and Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology. She is co-author ofUnbounding the Future: the Nanotechnology Revolution (Morrow, also free online) andLeaping the Abyss: Putting Group Genius to Work (knOwhere Press, also free online).

    She advises the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Global Healthspan Policy Institute, National Space Society, startup Ligandal, and the Voice & Exit conference. She coined the term ‘open source software.’ She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from MIT.

    Julia Bossmann

    Julia Bossmann is the president of Foresight Institute. Previously she founded at Synthetic, co-founded Anticip8 Analytics, and conducted research of coming technologies at Bosch Research & Technology. She is a McKinsey fellow, Singularity University GSP graduate, and World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Her academic background is in Neuroscience and Psychology where she holds a MSc with highest honors. She speaks on AI, innovation, the future, and how technology transforms society. Julia is a council member of the Global Future Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the World Economic Forum.

  • About Foresight Institute

    Foresight Institute is a leading think tank and public interest organization focused on transformative future technologies. Founded in 1986, its mission is to discover and promote the upsides, and help avoid the dangers, of nanotechnology, AI, biotech, and similar life-changing developments.


    Foresight's mission is to:

    • speed development of nanotechnology and other key fundamental technologies,
    • promote beneficial uses of these revolutionary technologies, and
    • reduce misuse and accidents potentially associated with them.

  • Logistics

    For any questions or help with logistics, please reach out to conference@foresight.org.


    All meals and snacks are provided at no charge over the duration of the workshop.

    Friday: snacks and dinner

    Saturday: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Sunday: breakfast and grab-and-go lunch


    Please let us know about any dietary restrictions you may have by September 15 by emailing conference@foresight.org.


    Attendees can  book their accommodations at the Foresight group rate. The Hilton Hotel is across the street from the workshop venue.


    Hilton Garden Inn Palo Alto

    4216 El Camino Real

    Palo Alto, CA 94306

    Reservations 877-782-9444 | Hotel 650-843-0795

    Foresight Group Code: [for929]


  • Chatham House Rule

    To encourage cutting-edge discussion, we'll be following the Chatham House Rule for the majority of the event, as it is used at the World Economic Forum's meeting in Davos. This will allow you to speak freely on any topic without concern that your comments might be attributed to you without your express permission. The final whitepaper may contain a list of participants and their affiliations.


    To aid our preparation of a written event whitepaper, we will be doing audio recording throughout the event -- this is for reference only and will not be made public. Separately, if you're willing, we'd appreciate your making some brief informal remarks on video regarding your views of the event and its topic. Every participant will be asked to sign a Waiver, Indemnity and Release Form, but participation in the video is entirely voluntary.


    You will also have the opportunity to contribute to individual whitepapers and reports where you will be credited as an author.

  • Apply to attend

    Historically, Foresight Institute workshops have been accessible by curated invitation only. For the first time, Foresight Institute will consider applications besides our curated invitations. Applications close on August 21.