Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization

Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization

Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization

Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization

Synopsis

K. Eric Drexler is the founding father of nanotechnology-the science of engineering on a molecular level. In 'Radical Abundance', he shows how rapid scientific progress is about to change our world. Thanks to atomically precise manufacturing, we will soon have the power to produce radically more of what people want, and at a lower cost. The result will shake the very foundations of our economy and environment.Already, scientists have constructed prototypes for circuit boards built of millions of precisely arranged atoms. The advent of this kind of atomic precision promises to change the way we make things-cleanly, inexpensively, and on a global scale. It allows us to imagine a world where solar arrays cost no more than cardboard and aluminum foil, and laptops cost about the same.A provocative tour of cutting edge science and its implications by the field's founder and master, Radical Abundance offers a mind-expanding vision of a world hurtling toward an unexpected future.

Excerpt

New ways to put parts together can transform broad
realms of human life. We’ve seen it happen before and it
will happen again, sooner than most people expect.

NOT SO LONG AGO, if you wanted to bring the sound of a violin into your home, you would have needed a violin and a violinist to play the instrument. For the sound of a cello to accompany the violin, you would have needed a cello and a cellist, and to add the sound of a flute, you would have needed a flute and a flautist. And if you wanted to bring the sound of a symphony orchestra into your home, you would have needed a palace and the wealth of a king.

Today, a small box can fill a room in your home with the sound of a violin or of a symphony orchestra—drawing on a library of sound to provide symphony and song in radical abundance, an abundance of music delivered by a very different kind of instrument.

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