In 1959, the late CalTech physicist Richard Feynman came up with the idea of machines that could build smaller machines which would in turn be capable of building still smaller machines. This high-tech Shrinky-Dinks game could theoretically continue until it bumped against molecular limits. K. Eric Drexler, a visiting scholar at the Department of Computer Science at Stanford, has taken Feynman's original idea and extrapolated it into becoming his life's work. The Foresight Institute was established to promote and develop nanomachines (machines on the scale of a billionth of a meter) for the good of humanity and the planet. They publish a newsletter to inform members of the latest developments in nanotechnology.
Dr. K Eric Drexler
Palo Alto CA 94306