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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.
The intriguing assertion that "the advent of a revolution in nanotechnology will...transform our world, and not in a small way" may at first resemble the old alchemical quest to turn lead into gold. For Drexler (Engines of Creation), the move to "atomically precise manufacturing" (APM) is closer than we know. Using nanotechnology "as a kind of printer that builds objects out of patterns of atoms," APM paves the way toward an "unprecedented abundance" of consumer goods, water and agriculture, advances in medicine, and solutions to most environmental crises. Is it too good to be true? Drexler does not try to paint a utopian future, instead his purpose is to "encourage inquiry, thought, and conversations that lead to a more realistic, coherent view of our future". Drexler is aware of the layperson's position of ignorance and he writes comprehensively about the problems between scientific and engineering approaches, the myths of nanotechnology that have hindered its development, and he even offers a history on how the "APM Revolution" coincides with the Neolithic, industrial, and informational revolutions. As a primer into the science and engineering behind APM and "nanoscience", Drexler offers an engaging way to enter that conversation.