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Radical Abundance by K. Eric Drexler

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APPENDIX II

INCREMENTAL PATHS TO APM

INCREMENTAL DEVELOPMENT pathways lead from current technologies to APM; these are marked by advances in constructing AP mechanical systems and implementing next-generation systems for performing atomically precise fabrication. The key advances center on stereotactic assembly, an extension of the age-old method of building things by moving parts into position, but applied to assembling nanoscale parts with atomic precision. Appendix I discussed the general physical constraints that must be met at each stage; this section describes coherent sets of inter mediate technologies that can meet those constraints while moving forward.

METRICS FOR PROGRESS, PAST AND PRESENT

Across a span of centuries, machine technology ...

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