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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Imagine a molecule - perhaps regular in form , or perhaps lopsided and knobby
like a ginger root . Now imagine a vast number of such molecules moving
randomly in a liquid , tumbling and jostling like drunkards in weightlessness in
the dark .
To see the abilities and limits of one method for assembling large objects ,
imagine a flat sheet covered with small assembly arms perhaps an army of
replicators reprogrammed for construction work and arrayed in orderly ranks .
Imagine three identical DNA molecules , each with the same sequence of
nucleotides . Now imagine each strand mutated to change a few scattered
nucleotides . Each strand still seems normal , taken by itself . Nonetheless , a
repair machine ...
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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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