• About the Event

    AI for Atomic Precision: Design Software for Molecular Machines is a two-day, fast-paced interactive workshop in Silicon Valley, targeted at generating new insights, new projects, and especially new funding for the goal of applying advanced computer science to the challenges of atomic precision.

    A multidisciplinary group of software specialists 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.


    Saturday, May 27

    9 AM to 9 PM


    Sunday, May 28

    9 AM to 6 PM


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

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

  • VideoS

    Impressions of a past workshop hosted by Foresight Institute.

    About Foresight Institute

    1 minute

    Workshop philosophy

    1 minute

    AI for Scientific Progress workshop recap

    3 minutes

  • 2017 Confirmed Participants

    Monica Anderson, Syntience Inc.

    Jonathan Barnes, Department of Chemistry, Washington Univ.

    Jeremy Barton, Nanofactory Corporation

    Chuyang Cheng, Depart. of Chemistry, Northwestern Univ.

    Martin Edelstein, Covalent/ Agua Via

    Steve Fowkes, Nanopolymer Systems

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

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

    J. Storrs Hall, Scientist and Author

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

    Kent Kemmish, Stealth Biotech

    Tarik Koc, OccamzRazor

    John Koza, Genetic Programming Inc.

    Markus Krummenacker, SRI International

    James B Lewis, Foresight Institute

    Joseph W. Lyding, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Eng., Univ. of Illinois-Urbana

    Clinton (Cosmo) Mielke, Project Infinome

    Gayle Pergamit, Covalent/Agua Via

    Kutay Sezginal, Univ. of Pittsburgh

    Christian Schafmeister, Dept. of Chemistry, Temple Univ.

    Eva-Maria Strauch, Depart. of Biochemistry, Univ. of Washington,

    Berhane Temelso, Computational Chemistry, , Furman Univ.

    Katharina Sophia Volz, OccamzRazor

    Christopher Wilmer, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Univ. of Pittsburgh

    Zhiyong Zhang, Dept. of Computational Science, Stanford Univ.

  • 2016 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


  • Logistics


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

    Saturday: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Sunday: breakfast and lunch


    Please let us know about any dietary restrictions you may have by May 10 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 FI0526


    Your Workshop Team

    Christine Peterson, Facilitator

    Steve Burgess, President

    Allison Duettmann, Coordination

    Jim Lewis, Research Analyst

    Marcia Seidler, Event Organizer

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

  • 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.

  • About Foresight Institute

    Foresight Institute steers emerging and world-shaping technologies for beneficial purposes and has done so for 30 years. It is our mission to spark innovation across multidisciplinary fields such as molecular machines, synthetic biology, and artificial intelligence. We serve as a nexus for innovation to catalyze research, reward excellence, restrain recklessness, and create community aimed at the long-term flourishing of humanity and the biosphere..