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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We will need human institutions that reliably develop reliable systems . Human
institutions are evolved artificial systems , and they can often solve problems that
their individual members cannot . This makes them a sort of " artificial intelligence
Proceeding with caution means developing trustworthy institutions for managing
both the initial breakthroughs and the development of active shields . The shields
we develop , in turn , must be designed to help us secure a future worth living in ...
We won ' t start from scratch ; we will build on the institutions we have . They are
diverse . Not all of our institutions are bureaucracies housed in massive gray
buildings ; they include such diffuse and lively institutions as the free press , 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
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