Radical Abundance – Could a Revolution in Nanotechnology Change Civilization?
We recently attended a fascinating London Futurists presentation by Eric Drexler on his new book – Radical Abundance – How a Revolution in Nanotechnology will Change Civilization. In what he described as a‘banquet of indigestible truths’, the originator of the term Nanotechnology explained how he thought the term had been hijacked to mean very small things. He argued that the initial hype had led funders to focus their research investments on narrower domains of materials science rather than exploring the true potential of engineering at the molecular level. Drexler believes that such a focus on atomically precise manufacturing (APM) could yield massive low cost, zero carbon and clean advances in domains as diverse as ultra-efficient vehicles, energy production, physical infrastructure, computers and consumer products.
A video of the presentation can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z44HWIzDhQw