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Engines Of Creation 2.0: The Coming Era Of Nanotechnology

Some seminal works stand out like beacons in the history of science. Newtons Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica and Watson and Cricks A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid come quickly to mind. In recent decades we can add Eric Drexlers Engines of Creation, which established the revolutionary new field of nanotechnology. In the twenty years since this seminal work was published, its premises and analyses have been confirmed and we are starting to apply precise molecular assembly to a wide variety of early applications from blood cell sized devices that can target cancer cells to a new generation of efficient solar panels. We can now see clearly the roadmap over the next couple of decades to the full realization of Drexlers concept of the inexpensive assembly of macroobjects constructed at the nanoscale controlled by massively parallel information processes, the fulfillment of which will enable us to solve problems energy, environmental degradation, poverty, and disease to name a few that have plagued humankind for eons.
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