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 chemical synapse makes a slow switch , and neural impulses move slower than sound . With assemblers , molecular engineers will build entire computers smaller than a synapse and a millionfold faster . Mutation and selection could no ...
It might seem too much to expect an assembler to grab a molecule , move it , and jam it into place in a mere millionth of a second . But small appendages can move to and fro very swiftly . A human arm can flap up and down several times ...
But no one has seen anything move faster than light . Distant spots seen by radio telescopes sometimes appear to move faster , but simple tricks of perspective easily explain how this can be . Hypothetical particles called “ tachyons ...
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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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