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 third ( and often best ) kind of explanation in terms of evolution - says that order emerges through the variation and selection of replicators . A molecule folds in a particular way because it resembles ancestors that multipled ...
Quality control is a sort of evolution , aiming not at change but at eliminating harmful variations . But just as Darwinian evolution can preserve and spread favorable mutations , so good quality control systems can help managers and ...
Replicators : defined , 23 ; in evolution , 26 ; distinct uses of word , 251 ; machines as , 34–35 ; mental , 35–37 ; selfishness of , 36–37 . See also DNA ; Evolution ; Genes ; Memes ; Molecular replicators ; Replication Resources ...
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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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