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Radical Abundance by K. Eric Drexler

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CHAPTER 17

Security for an Unconventional Future

FROM HAMMERED IRON to digital chips, disruptive foundational technologies have always found military use, and APM-level technologies will surely be no exception. Unlike previous disruptive technologies, however, APM-level technologies promise to change basic rules and the context of the game itself. Because these technologies will enable a radical abundance of both conventional goods and security systems, any strategy for managing APM-level capabilities must take account of both sides of the potential conjunction of material wealth and the technologies of power in an unconventional future.

The advent of disruptive technologies of power need not destabilize military and societal order. These technologies, ...

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