- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (May 7, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610391136
- ISBN-13: 978-1610391139
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.1 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization First Edition (US) First Printing Edition
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The first half is pretty much an apologia for what Eric Drexler called "nanotechnology" in his 1986 book, "Engines of Creation." That book triggered expectations which haven't been fulfilled in thirty years. The label "nanotechnology" has been applied to methods that don't resemble those Dr Drexler described in '86, so he eschews it in favor of the less exciting "atomically precise manufacturing" or "APM." His excitement has cooled, it seems.
I was hoping for technical details and descriptions of methodology that I didn't find. What I found instead were chapters on the distinction between science and engineering, and the history of technology, written in what seems to me a defensive mood.
I get the feeling he has spent so many years apologising for "nanotechnology" not coming to fruition fast that he feels he needed to defensively belabour the point about the progress already made and redefining of the goals.
I've always been an optimist, looking at the future as progress waiting to happen and wondering why anyone would see dystopia.. eeling sorry for them that imagine life getting worse.
Having read Drexler, I'm convinced that the future is abundant and our challenge is to alert mankind that the difficult times of transition are going to be worth. We don't have all the answer, but the direction we are headed will mean a better world for all.
It is excellent at describing the potential of very high levels of manufacturing gains though the use of atomically precision manufacturing methods in our future.