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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Biochemists already work with these machines , which are chiefly made of
protein , the main engineering material of living cells . These molecular machines
have relatively few atoms , and so they have lumpy surfaces , like objects made
Still , people regularly raise certain questions rooted in physics and biology .
These deserve more direct answers . • Will the uncertainty principle of quantum
physics make molecular machines unworkable ? This principle states ( among
Surgeons can see problems and plan actions , but they wield crude tools ; drug
molecules affect tissues at the molecular level , but they are too simple to sense ,
plan , and act . But molecular machines directed by nanocomputers will offer ...
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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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