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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As matching subunits chance to fall into position , the machine seizes them and
bonds them to the growing copy ... In the terminology of Oxford zoologist Richard
Dawkins , things that give rise to copies of themselves are called replicators .
The oldest copies are often centuries younger than the lost originals .
Nonetheless , from differing copies with differing errors , scholars can reconstruct
versions closer to the original . They compare texts . They can trace lines of
atoms per second , the system will still copy itself in one thousand seconds , or a
bit over fifteen minutes about the time a bacterium takes to replicate under ...
Imagine such a replicator floating in a bottle of chemicals , making copies of itself
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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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