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Engines of creation

Author: K Eric Drexler
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Forecasts
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Drexler, K. Eric.
Engines of creation.
Garden City, N.Y. : Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1986
(OCoLC)623109878
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: K Eric Drexler
ISBN: 0385199724 9780385199728 0385199732 9780385199735
OCLC Number: 12752328
Description: xii, 298 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword / Marvin Minsky --
Acknowledgments --
Part 1: Foundations Of Foresight --
1: Engines of construction --
2: Principles of change --
3: Predicting and projecting --
Part 2: Profiles Of The Possible --
4: Engines of abundance --
5: Thinking machines --
6: World beyond earth --
7: Engines of healing --
8: Long life in a open world --
9: Door to the future --
10: Limits to growth --
Part 3: Dangers And Hopes --
11: Engines of destruction --
12: Strategies and survival --
13: Finding the facts --
14: Network of knowledge --
15: Worlds enough, and time --
Afterword --
Notes and references --
Glossary --
Index.
Responsibility: K. Eric Drexler ; foreword by Marvin Minsky.

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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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