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Radical Abundance by K. Eric Drexler

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CHAPTER 1

Atoms, Bits, and Radical Abundance

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 ...

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