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Radical Abundance by K. Eric Drexler

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CHAPTER 15

Transforming the Material Basis of Civilization

WHAT ARE THE NATURAL practical applications of the physical capabilities of APM-level technologies, the applications that will matter to people and the Earth? Exploratory engineering methods enable only a partial survey, but what can be seen is enough to call for a radical reassessment of prospects for the twenty-first century. In practice, a radical reassessment must begin incrementally, first encouraging inquiry into key questions (regarding potential technologies, timelines, implications, and policy options), and then hedging bets (intellectual, technological, financial, political, and so on) in response to what the answers suggest.

As outlined in Chapter 11 the key physical capabilities ...

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