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 machinery of muscle , for instance , has gangs of proteins that reach , grab a
“ rope " ( also made of protein ) , pull it , then reach out again for a fresh grip ;
whenever you move , you use these machines . Amoebas and human cells move
Yes , they really will reach orbit . . . . ) . Busy defending the basics of spaceflight ,
they had little time to discuss its consequences . Thus , when Sputnik startled the
world and embarrassed the United States , people were unprepared : there had ...
And replicators will give us the resources to reach for the stars . A lightsail driven
starward only by sunlight would soon find itself coasting in the dark - faster than
any modern rocket , yet so slowly that it would take millennia to cross the ...
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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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