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Radical Abundance by K. Eric Drexler

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CHAPTER 16

Managing a Catastrophic Success

HOW WILL THE APM revolution change the world? There can be no detailed or confident answer today, yet some of the potential driving forces are visible, and with these, the tentative outlines of a range of potential directions. Even with only this limited knowledge, we can be confident of some aspects of the answers, considerations that can guide conversation toward realism.

Realism begins with physical law and the timeless landscape of technological potential, and within this framework, an understanding of some of the capabilities of APM-level technologies. Exploring this topic (and the nature of the exploration process itself) has been the subject of much of this book.

Realism also includes uncertainties, ...

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