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Nanofuture: What's Next For Nanotechnology Hardcover – May 6, 2005
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Not to be terribly critical but it is clear Hall's PhD is in science and not literature. I didn't go looking for errors but I did find a few. So if you are looking for a well edited book or mind some of the goofy onomotopia then you probably shouldn't read this book. Nanofuture is more like a science fiction novel written by an actual scientist than a reference. About halfway through the book I felt like could have really started to curtail. Instead Dr. Hall starts going into more opinated topics such as space living and transhumanism. I say opininated because they are his opinions. While some are warranted, others are just what he feels should happen. This is why scientists don't run countries.
Hall touts nanotechnology as the next technological revolution and he makes a very good argument for it.Read more ›
Mr. Hall does present some interesting ideas, but unfortunately, his editors have done him a huge disservice. Here are the first three sentences of Stage I, on page 23;
Essentially what we have now--nanoscale science and technology--including the ability to image at the atomic scale with scanning probe microscopes, and a very limited ability to manipulate, that is, by pushing things around with the same scanning probes. A scanning probe is essentially like feeling something with a stick. Because you have a computer behind it, you can touch it in a very close grid of points and produce a picture.
I made it through the first fifty pages, and it didn't get any better.
I don't know if Mr. Hall had a final read before publication, or not, but someone should have stopped this book from being published until it was properly edited.
The character of the narrative changes about two-thirds of the way into the book, as Hall shifts to discussions of possible nano-futures and why we should embrace them rather than fear them. At this point, technical explanation gives way to speculation and opinion. There's nothing wrong with that - it's always interesting to hear what experienced, forward-looking technologists have to say about their perspective on the future. From my perspective (political scientist specializing in science & tech policy, especially for space), I would have liked to see more about how evolving nanotech can be used to develop capabilities and solutions in the medium term and less about how we're going to become preternatural transhumans who all own Star Trek-style matter synthesizers.
The artificial intelligence chapter is an interesting intro to AI, but the tie-in to nanotech is almost non-existent, so it seems like a sidebar discussion. Regarding the chapter on space, I would have liked to see this topic far more developed given the author's obvious interest in it.Read more ›
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Great stuff and gives much to think about. But he does go off the beatin path just a little.
Still a great book!
This was an optimistic and over simplified book that seems to ignore thermodynamics. I think this author is a member of the "grey goo" group.Published on February 18, 2012 by Pan Gname
There are two main reasons why I don't recommend this book to anyone. The first, and most annoying, reason is readability. This book was written horribly. Read morePublished on August 8, 2010 by Mohamed Qasem
While nanotechnology (especially the version defined/described in this book) definitely has the potential to revolutionize many facets of our lives, it is hard to believe that Dr. Read morePublished on February 20, 2010 by B. Fredrickson
One of the other reviewers suggested library, and I followed that advice. I am so glad I did! This isn't a book I'd want in my personal collection. Read morePublished on June 3, 2008 by Judah
It has been two decades since Drexler's Engines of Creation launched the beginnings of the nanotech revolution, and it has aged better than any other technical book I've ever read. Read morePublished on February 15, 2007 by Tihamer Toth-Fejel
Nanotechnology is one of the few emerging technologies that truly has the potential to significantly alter our future. Read morePublished on December 7, 2005 by John Matlock