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Radical Abundance by K. Eric Drexler

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CHAPTER 6

The Ways We Make Things

NOW THAT WE’VE EXAMINED the texture and behavior of objects at the nanoscale, we need to consider the nature of APM itself—how it works as a production technology. I have described it as a fourth technological revolution like, and yet unlike, the Agricultural, Industrial, and Information Revolutions that have reshaped the human world. But what is APM really like as a production technology, compared to the technologies we use today?

Our journey so far has viewed APM from several very different perspectives. A reader who focused only on the general engineering principles might view APM as if it were a kind of computing, with atoms in place of bits, or perhaps like ordinary manufacturing, but based on smaller machines. ...

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