Thursday, May 9, 2013
7:45am Continental Breakfast
developed, named, and popularized the concept of nanotechnology
author, Engines of Creation
How a Revolution in Nanotechnology
will Change Civilization
in conversation with Krisztina ‘Z’ Holly, engineer, entrepreneur, and innovation expert
500 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
$20 includes breakfast, $40 includes Drexler’s book
K. Eric Drexler, the founding father of nanotechnology and author of the influential book Engines of Creation explores the coming revolution in nano-scale engineering, and how it will change the world as we know it. He developed, named, and popularized the concept of nanotechnology — the science of engineering on a molecular level. Currently at the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology at Oxford University, Drexler is a frequent public speaker on scientific issues, addressing audiences of politicians, business leaders, scientists, and engineers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
In Radical Abundance, he shows how rapid scientific progress is about to change our world. Thanks to atomically precise manufacturing, we will soon have the power to produce radically more of what people want, and at a lower cost. The result will shake the very foundations of our economy and environment.
Already, scientists have constructed prototypes for circuit boards built of millions of precisely arranged atoms. The advent of this kind of atomic precision promises to change the way we make things—cleanly, inexpensively, and on a global scale. It allows us to imagine a world where solar arrays cost no more than cardboard and aluminum foil, and laptops cost about the same.
Join us for a provocative tour of cutting edge science and its implications by the field’s founder. He offers a mind-expanding vision of a world hurtling toward an unexpected future.
Cutting-edge technology is already advancing deep into the nanoscale world:
- Nanotechnologies power the ongoing information revolution: Every computer and cellphone today relies on nanoscale electronic devices, produced by technologies that can pack billions of transistors onto a single silicon chip
- Nanotechnologies can improve solar electric power production, as researchers engineer nanoscale structures— for example, nanoscale antennas for light waves—that enable photovoltaic cells to capture and convert solar energy with greater efficiency.
- Physicists can now select and move individual atoms using mechanical instruments to build atomically precise structures and devices at the nanoscale.
- At the cutting edge of atomically precise fabrication, molecular scientists can now build structures on a scale of millions of atoms, and produce billions of them in a single batch. Recent results include prototype nanoscale circuit boards and nanoscale robotic machines—and complexity is only increasing.
Krisztina “Z” Holly is an engineer, entrepreneur, and innovation expert. Most recently, she served as vice provost for innovation at the University of Southern California and founding executive director for the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, a resource for faculty and students and a key driver in the Los Angeles innovation ecosystem. Krisztina previously served as the founding executive director of the MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, where she helped spawn nine startup companies from MIT research that raised over $40M in venture capital and has since become a global model for university innovation centers. Named one of the Champions of Free Enterprise by Forbes in 2010, she is a frequent lecturer and contributing columnist and is active in many board and advisory roles in U.S. and abroad, including the advisory council that advances President Obama’s national agenda in innovation and entrepreneurship (NACIE) and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship. She has a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT.