The Ideas Factory on Software Control of Matter that has been dominating my life for the last couple of weeks has produced its outcome, and brief descriptions of the three projects that are likely to go forward for funding have been published on the Ideas Factory blog. There are two experimental projects, Software-controlled assembly of oligomers aims to build a machine to synthesise a controlled sequence of molecular building blocks from a sequence coded by a stretch of DNA, while Directed Reconfigurable Nanomachines aims to use the positional assembly of molecules and nanoscale building blocks to make prototype functional nanoscale devices. The Matter Compiler brings together computer science and computational chemistry and materials science to prototype the implementation of the engineering control and computer science aspects of directed molecular assembly. Between them, these projects will be initially funded to the tune of the £1.5 million set aside for the Ideas Factory. But there’s no doubt in my mind that the ideas generated during the week are worthy of a lot more support than this in the future.