Engines of Creation
In this original book about the consequences of new technologies, Drexler takes the reader through exhilarating new discoveries and the promise of those around the corner. Beginning with the insight that what we can do depends on what we can build, Drexler analyzes nanotechnology, which involves the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules. He makes a plausible case for expecting technological developments in artificial intelligence and molecular engineering that will result in tiny mechanisms being controlled by microscopic powerful thinking computers. He also explains how the new alternatives could be directed toward vital human concerns -- wealth or poverty, health or sickness, peace or war. ISBN 0-385-19972-4: $17.95.
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Biochemists dream of designing and building such devices , but there are
difficulties to be overcome . Engineers use beams of light to project patterns onto
silicon chips , but chemists must build much more indirectly than that . When they
It builds one copy in one thousand seconds , thirty - six in ten hours . ... Each copy
, though , will build yet more copies . Thus the first replicator assembles a copy in
one thousand seconds , the two replicators then build two more in the next ...
If a replicating assembler can copy itself in one thousand seconds , then it can be
programmed to build something else its own size just as fast . Similarly , a ton of
replicators can swiftly build a ton of something else -- and the product will have ...
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Great BookUser Review - nubianangel - Overstock.com
Engines of Creation is a very good book to help the nonscientist get a grasp on the complexities of nano technology where we are and where we could go with it. While it breaks the information down to ... Read full review
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This is one of my favorite science non-fiction books ever. If you've enjoyed any of the nanotechnology in science fiction in the last few decades, it was probably informed in some way by Drexler's ... Read full review
Engines of Construction
The Principles of Change
Predicting and Projecting
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