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Radical Abundance by K. Eric Drexler

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CHAPTER 12

Today’s Technologies of Atomic Precision

HUMAN TECHNOLOGY EVENTUALLY LED to machines, yet it began with wood, hide, stones, and hands—which is to say, with biopolymers (cellulose, collagen) and harder, inorganic materials used to make hand-held tools. AP nanotechnologies are following a similar path, but with AP control of biopolymers and inorganic materials using assembly driven by Brownian motion rather than hands.

Once again, advances will lead to machines for making things. Just as an early blacksmith’s hammer and tongs differ from an automated machine in a watch-making factory, today’s early tools differ greatly from advanced APM systems. And just as blacksmith-level technology led to today’s machines, so today’s AP molecular ...

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