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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The mere existence of ultimate limits doesn't mean that they are about to choke
us , yet many people have been drawn to the idea that limits will end growth soon
. This notion simplifies their picture of the future by leaving out the strange new ...
argument , Malthus assumed that resources — the food supply - could increase
by a fixed amount per year ( a process called linear growth , since it plots as a
line on a graph ) . Since mathematics shows that any fixed rate of exponential ...
The demographic transition — the lowering of average birthrates with economic
growth — is basically irrelevant to this . The exponential growth of even a tiny
minority would swiftly make it a majority , and then make it consume all available
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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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