January 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Backgrounds | No Comments »

We are today in the midst of a technological upheaval greater then any we have seen in human history, including developments in information, computers, AI, virtual reality, material science, nanotechnology, biotechnology, genetic engineering, brain and consciousness research, nanotechnology, virtual reality, robotics, etc. To put it simply, we are now beginning to be able to control matter (or should we say reality) on the most fundamental particle levels. And, if Hugh Everett, Bryce DeWitt, and David Deutsch are right, our ability to manipulate quantum phenomena gives us windows into parallel universes.

These technology fields are so vast that there is no way even to outline them, so for now we will list some major sources of information on cutting edge technologies, and in the future we will provide links to material that addresses the implications of these technologies for architecture.

MIT’s OpenCourseWare
Much of MIT’s course material online.
From the Web Site: “A free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. OCW supports MIT’s mission to advance knowledge and education, and serve the world in the 21st century. It is true to MIT’s values of excellence, innovation, and leadership. MIT OCW:
Is a publication of MIT course materials
Does not require any registration
Is not a degree-granting or certificate-granting activity
Does not provide access to MIT faculty�

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From the Web Site: “ features the big thoughts of today’s big thinkers examining the confluence of accelerating revolutions that are shaping our future world, and the inside story on new technological and social realities from the pioneers actively working in these arenas. We are witnessing intersecting revolutions in a plethora of fields: biotechnology, nanotechnology, molecular electronics, computation, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, virtual reality, human brain reverse engineering, brain augmentation, robotics, and many others. The leading visionaries represented on this site examine these transforming trends and their profound impact on economics, the arts, politics, government, warfare, medicine, health, education, disabilities, social mores, and sexuality.â€?

Foresight Institute
This is where Eric Drexler and Ralph Merkle, the pioneers of nanotechnology, hang out.
“Foresight Institute’s goal is to guide emerging technologies to improve the human condition. Foresight focuses its efforts upon nanotechnology, the coming ability to build products—of any size—with atomic precision.â€?

Quantum Computing
There are many sites devoted to quantum computing, but for now, we will recommend Deutsch’s:

John Brockman’s site. “To arrive at the edge of the world’s knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves.�

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