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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Because the complexity of the brain lies beyond the full grasp of human
understanding , it seems complex enough to embody a mind . Indeed , if a single
person could fully understand a brain , this would make the brain less complex
than that ...
Compilers translate computer programs from one language to another without
understanding how they work . Photocopiers ... Neurons , though complex , do
seem simple enough for a mind to understand and an engineer to imitate .
Since we are made of cells , this might seem to reduce human beings to “ mere
machines , ” conflicting with a holistic understanding of life . But a dictionary
definition of holism is “ the theory that reality is made up of organic or unified
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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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