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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A variation on this example shows us something else : RNA molecules adapt differently to different environments . A molecular machine called a ribonuclease grabs RNA molecules having certain sequences of exposed subunits and cuts them ...
Morphine molecules , for example , bind to certain receptor molecules in brain cells , affecting the neural impulses that signal pain . Insulin , beta blockers , and other drugs fit other receptors . But drug molecules work without ...
Cancers provide one example ; infectious diseases provide another . The goal is simple : one need only recognize and destroy the dangerous replicators , whether they are bacteria , cancer cells , viruses , or worms .
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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
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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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