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Radical Abundance by K. Eric Drexler

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CHAPTER 4

Three Revolutions, and a Fourth

THROUGH NEW TECHNOLOGIES, human history has repeatedly changed directions, and with unimaginable consequences. The Agricultural Revolution of the Neolithic era marked the advent of a way of life that enabled dense, settled populations to feed themselves and opened the way for the rise of civilization. The Industrial Revolution launched an explosive wave of physical products that brought with it the modern world. The Information Revolution, still unfolding today, has rewoven the fabric of knowledge, commerce, and society, setting the stage for a future whose outlines are still beyond knowing.

The approaching APM Revolution will provide the driving force for a fourth revolution, and like the preceding revolutions, ...

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