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.
Results 1-3 of 30
The idea of a purely mechanical computer is scarcely new . In England during the
mid - 1800s , Charles Babbage invented a mechanical computer built of brass
gears ; his co - worker Augusta Ada , the Countess of Lovelace , invented ...
K. Eric Drexler. components a few atoms wide , though , a simple mechanical
computer would fit within 1/100 of a cubic micron , many billions of times more
compact than today's so - called microelectronics . Even with a billion bytes of
A mechanical random - access memory scheme allows storage of only about 10
million bytes in the same volume , though this can probably be bettered . For a
more detailed discussion , see " Molecular Machinery and Molecular Electronic ...
What people are saying - Write a review
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mentatjack - LibraryThing
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
14 other sections not shown