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Radical Abundance by K. Eric Drexler

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CHAPTER 11

The Products of Radical Abundance

APM-BASED PRODUCTION is only as valuable to us as its products and, together with these products, the performance, cost savings, and environmental benefits it can deliver. The same can be said of any form of production, whether it yields stone tools, steel machines, or silicon chips. As we’ve seen, however, the characteristics of APM-based production point to an impact greater than any of these earlier technologies, with parallels to the digital information revolution, but transposed into the material world. These parallels suggests prospects for a technology-driven transformation that could be faster and more profound than any in history, pushed forward by competitive advantages in cost, performance, ...

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