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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With today ' s bulk technology , engineers make patterns on silicon chips by
throwing atoms and photons at them , but the patterns remain flat and molecular -
scale flaws are unavoidable . With assemblers , however , engineers will build ...
Science cannot yet describe the neural patterns that embody ideas in brains , but
anyone can see that ideas mutate , replicate , and compete . Ideas evolve .
Richard Dawkins calls bits of replicating mental patterns “ memes ” ( meme
These changes affect the brain ' s function , changing its pattern of activity : When
we remember , our brains do something ... When printers print words , they put
down patterns of ink ; when nerve cells change their behavior , they change their
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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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