5 thoughts on “Engines of Creation

  1. Beautifully bonkers, Drexler’s optimistic, visionary tract seems absurdly far fetched nowadays. But, that is most likely because the end result – tiny self replicating machines, structures made of pure diamond, cheap energy and creation, bootstrapping and plenitude, luxury and material wealth for all – would be a kind of utopia.

    Nevertheless, given some hundreds of years, it may well happen that a world like his will emerge, nanotechnology or no. Certainly, we seem to be approaching limits ever

  2. Engines of Creations is a really exciting book about the possibility of a fantastic future. While nanotechnology is the main part of the book, Drexler talks about Artificial Intelligence (AI), colonisation of space, information management, and an extended almost immortal life. He doesn’t just talk about these things but predicts how these technologies will develop, how we will use them and the social implications.

    The book can be very technical at times as the author begins by explaining how DNA

  3. I read this volume 20 years ago. I am still haunted by all its implications. Nanotechnology was still largely theoretical when I first read the book and I was somewhat incredulous over some of the caveats proferred by Dr. Drexler. The author gives us an amazing overview of the possibilities in nanotech: Imagine “growing a jet engine from a brew of tiny robots in solution. As you watch, the brew quickly morphs into a solid piece of complicated equipment. I was reminded of Arthur C Clarke’s 3rd la

  4. This is a delightfully ambitious and optimistic view, laying forth a vision of the future and casually brushing a side any existential (if not apocolyptic!) threats striving for the future may have. It is actually a very similar book to Ray Kurzweill’s The Singularity is Near . Kurzweil just adds more ego and pictures (which are both lots of fun!) but the content and conclusions are near identical. Of the two I think I would suggest the Kurzweil, primarily because it was written more recently a

  5. The book was boring, slow, and repetitive. For a book about nanotechnology, there didn’t seem to be that much about nanotechnology. Drexler went on about different topics like artificial intelligence and biostatis and sort of mentioned something like, “And nanotechnology might be involved.” Then he would go on and on about how people are skeptical of science and future technologies. It became absurd after a while. Maybe this book was good when it came out because it was one of the first books pe

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