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Radical Abundance by K. Eric Drexler

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CHAPTER 13

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future . . .

EVERY MAJOR NATION now supports nanotechnology research. Some world leaders regard nanotechnology as a crucial part of the future and share a vision linked to my work. For example, when the president of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam, who had formerly led India’s missile and space program, delivered a series of addresses in which he spoke of nanotechnology as India’s future, he cited both Richard Feynman’s talk, “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom” and my technical book, Nanosystems. In 2001 I met Dmitry Medvedev, president of Russia, after he delivered an address on nanotechnology at the opening session of Rusnanotech 2011; he had read my first book, Engines of Creation. More than a ...

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