La nanotecnología. El surgimiento de las máquinas de creación

La nanotecnolog a El surgimiento de las m quinas de creaci n Los principales investigadores y expertos en tecnolog a avanzada est n de acuerdo en que la nanotecnolog a constituir la aut ntica revoluci n de este siglo Adem s de propiciar en estrecha colaboraci n

  • Title: La nanotecnología. El surgimiento de las máquinas de creación
  • Author: K. Eric Drexler
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  • Los principales investigadores y expertos en tecnolog a avanzada est n de acuerdo en que la nanotecnolog a constituir la aut ntica revoluci n de este siglo Adem s de propiciar en estrecha colaboraci n con la pujante ingenier a gen tica avances m dicos que podr an calificarse de definitivos incluido el hasta ahora ut pico triunfo sobre el envejecimiento y la muerte , lLos principales investigadores y expertos en tecnolog a avanzada est n de acuerdo en que la nanotecnolog a constituir la aut ntica revoluci n de este siglo Adem s de propiciar en estrecha colaboraci n con la pujante ingenier a gen tica avances m dicos que podr an calificarse de definitivos incluido el hasta ahora ut pico triunfo sobre el envejecimiento y la muerte , la nanotecnolog a dar , en un futuro inmediato, un impulso espectacular a la conquista del espacio y a la inform tica, sobre todo a su rama m s audaz y controvertida la llamada inteligencia artificial En este sentido, no es casual que este libro venga avalado por un pr logo de Marvin Minsky, uno de los grandes pioneros de la IA.

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    1. K. Eric Drexler

      K Eric Drexler, Ph.D is a researcher and author whose work focuses on advanced nanotechnologies and directions for current research His 1981 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences established fundamental principles of molecular design, protein engineering, and productive nanosystems Drexler s research in this field has been the basis for numerous journal articles and for books including Engines of Creation The Coming Era of Nanotechnology written for a general audience and Nanosystems Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation a quantitative, physics based analysis He recently served as Chief Technical Consultant to the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, a project of the Battelle Memorial Institute and its participating US National Laboratories He is currently working in a collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund to explore nanotechnology based solutions to global problems such as energy and climate change.Drexler was awarded a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Molecular Nanotechnology the first degree of its kind his dissertation was a draft of Nanosystems Dr Drexler is currently 2012 an academic visitor at Oxford University He consults and speaks on how current research can be directed effectively toward high payoff objectives, and addresses the implications of emerging technologies for our future, including their use to solve, rather than delay, large scale problems such as global warming.


    1. Beautifully bonkers, Drexler's optimistic, visionary tract seems absurdly far fetched nowadays. But, that is most likely because the end result - tiny self replicating machines, structures made of pure diamond, cheap energy and creation, bootstrapping and plenitude, luxury and material wealth for all - would be a kind of utopia. Nevertheless, given some hundreds of years, it may well happen that a world like his will emerge, nanotechnology or no. Certainly, we seem to be approaching limits ever [...]

    2. Engines of Creations is a really exciting book about the possibility of a fantastic future. While nanotechnology is the main part of the book, Drexler talks about Artificial Intelligence (AI), colonisation of space, information management, and an extended almost immortal life. He doesn’t just talk about these things but predicts how these technologies will develop, how we will use them and the social implications. The book can be very technical at times as the author begins by explaining how D [...]

    3. I read this volume 20 years ago. I am still haunted by all its implications. Nanotechnology was still largely theoretical when I first read the book and I was somewhat incredulous over some of the caveats proferred by Dr. Drexler. The author gives us an amazing overview of the possibilities in nanotech: Imagine "growing a jet engine from a brew of tiny robots in solution. As you watch, the brew quickly morphs into a solid piece of complicated equipment. I was reminded of Arthur C Clarke's 3rd la [...]

    4. This is a delightfully ambitious and optimistic view, laying forth a vision of the future and casually brushing a side any existential (if not apocolyptic!) threats striving for the future may have. It is actually a very similar book to Ray Kurzweill'sThe Singularity is Near . Kurzweil just adds more ego and pictures (which are both lots of fun!) but the content and conclusions are near identical. Of the two I think I would suggest the Kurzweil, primarily because it was written more recently and [...]

    5. While most of changes he predicted still aren't even close(suggesting one could really guess when revolution's around the corner), most of topics provide and interesting take on what nanobots can accomplish.

    6. Very thorough, some progressive content considering when it was written and fairly accessible for someone who is not at all from a technical background

    7. Despite K. Eric Drexler writing this book all the way back in the mid 1980's, his work is still futurism's magnum opus. Somehow, the author very cleverly captured the essence of distant technology and made it feel so attainable and rational. His writing seeps with optimism, which can undermine credibility, but in this instance, that optimism has a wonderful charm.Reading a book like this in 2016 is extra fascinating because it was written almost 30 years ago and made some bold predictions about [...]

    8. I require an exclamation. Give me a secondJesus? Nope, too many connotations. Gods? Bah, presumptuous. Stars above? Getting there. Moral saints? Too mundane. Screw it, I'm making a new one: Creation.As Drexler points out at the end of this book, his aim is not to promote nanotechnology, but to "promote understanding of nanotechnology and its consequences". This was relayed exceptionally well, to me at least (other readers seem to have misunderstood), as he analyses, elaborates upon, and ultimate [...]

    9. This is the masterpiece of physics ideas that:1) Brought the idea of the Singularity into its modern context2) Built on Richard Feynman's Essay "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom"3) Brought a top-level hierarchy view of the ultimate possibilities of miniaturization to top-hierarchy-level thinkers like Ray Kurzweil and Marving Minsky.4) Showed that things can get a lot worse than Stalinism, Hitlerism, etc. Such tyranny could be eternal, and could be in your own mind, without even the ability t [...]

    10. An introduction to one of the most brilliant, creative and exciting ideas that mankind has ever had. Really. This book offers a non-technical description of the next technological revolution.Feynman was the first to introduce the idea, but it was Drexler that really ran with it. Drexler is the recognized father of nanotechnology, and humanity doesn't yet realize how much they owe him. Drexler's PhD on nanotechnology (MIT, 1991) was the first ever awarded on the topic for the simple reason that n [...]

    11. This is an epoch making book, no doubt, with a strong inspirational content.“There's plenty of room at the bottom” said Richard Feynman in 1959. Almost 30 years later Eric Drexler wrote this book about molecular nanotechnology with a foreword by the AI scientist Marvin Minsky. The futurist Ray Kurzweil, in his 2005 book “The Singularity is Near”, strongly supported Drexler’s ideas. Two years later, in 2007, Drexler himself published “Engines of Creation 2.0”, as a free ebook.How ca [...]

    12. This book is really thought-provoking. It raises the question of how we should 'foresight' the future. Drexler points out that our perceptions of technology are inert. If we don't transform our institutions, culture, and perceptions to be in pace with the development of technology, technology may spin out of our control. In the book, Drexler uses nanotechnology to illustrate possibilities and dangers of technological development. His vision about assemblers and replicators may be far-fetched but [...]

    13. I'm not sure why I didn't originally write a review when I first read this, but I still think this is a great visionary work. The molecular nano machines Drexler imagined are getting closer everyday. Back when he wrote this people scoffed at the idea we could do anything described in the book, but in the past decade nano technologies are everywhere in materials, computers, and biology. Sure, we still don't have the general purpose nano assemblers that create anything we want for pennies that are [...]

    14. This first book on nanotechnology (Doubleday 1986) introduces the subject from a more abstractand long-term perspective. Topics covered include nanotechnology's relationship to scientificknowledge, the evolution of ideas, artificial intelligence, human life span, limits to growth, healing theenvironment, prevention of technological abuse, space development, and the need for new socialtechnologies-such as hypertext publishing and fact forums-to help us deal with rapid technologicalchange.

    15. The book that initiated the discussion of what may be the single most important technology of the 21st century. Drexler's careful and yet provocative analysis combined with clear and accessible writing launched nanotechnology into the public consciousness. I first read this book in the late 80's when the ideas were still little known. _Engines_ had me walking around in a daze; literally bumping into walls from the intoxication of the ideas. 25 years after it's first publication anyone familiar w [...]

    16. I read this book when I was about 16. I remember being inspired and convinced that we were, please pardon the cliche, "only ten years" away from the brave future Eric Drexler described.Well, as will be apparent to anybody reading this around the time I write it, like most confident science prophecies it appears we're still ten years away. But I'm nonetheless excited for that!And the beauty of nanotech having not delivered on its promises quite as quickly as we might have hoped is that this book [...]

    17. I had to read this book for class, so my review will not be the most helpful, as this subject matter is completely out of my realm of expertise (hence leaving the star rating blank, as I don't believe that I have enough credibility to rate a book of this nature). The writing itself was good and often easy to read. It was the material itself that was simply beyond my head. So if you're into nanotechnology and learning about how it could drastically change our future, give this a read!

    18. I first learned about Nanotechnology in the 90's from a BBC docmentory- It blew my mind, so I started reading everything I could find about it. Engines of Creation was the first book I read about nanotechnology and it remains my favorite. I love when books lead you on a path to other books and other authors. This was the book that really opened my eyes to science and I have been a closet science geek ever since.

    19. great overview of the promise and perils of nanotech. slightly dated now, as nanotech has entered into the public eye, but this gets credit for first bringing it to public attention.Just finished reading this, upping the rating. Talks about numerous other amazing yet plausible future developments. His discussion of the promise of hypertext is especially interesting, as he pretty much gets it right, though he presents it as a distant goal.

    20. Well-reasoned, technologically prescient in several regards (not so much its primary thesis yet, but several other tangential topics), and thoroughly engaging. A book likely to change the way one thinks about the future to at least some degree, and many of the ideas presented herein clearly have sticking power as they have been referenced in a number of more recent popular futurist works.

    21. When I first read this book it both excited and terrified me. Drexler has a way of writing that makes a complex topic easy to understand. I came away from his book with a sense of possibility I had never seen before, and a fear for a future where nanotech might be misused.A worthy read, and an excellent introduction to the world of Nanotechnology.

    22. I read this lucid, clearly written book that has profoundly affected my appraisal of the advances in nano technology to the present day. A futurist that predicated in 1987 what is happeing right now in 2013. A valuable work for anyone interested in the future of mankind. Easy to understand and a worthy read.

    23. I loved this book, all the advanced technology that could await us in the future, almost a utopia like existance. All our fantasies come true , particle manipulators, real life virtual reality incorporating all 5 senses and many more cool scenarious, excitingly explained by eric drexler.Loved the book and wish there were more like it.

    24. Dated but then again I read it far after it was written. Guess that is my burden. It wasn't what I was hoping for - should have checked the date first as I wanted to know the current state, not the predicted state of the past. No rating from me.

    25. Even though it's a book about nanotechnology, surely a fascinating area, the part that really excited me at the time was the discussion of hyperlinks and a coming age of an interlinked encyclopedia-like community information sync. You know, the Internet.

    26. Considering how long ago this was written, this is a visionary book on an important topic, and what he predicted is reasonable. I'd hoped to learn more detail and scientific explanation, but I guess that was too much to ask because of when the book came out.

    27. Decades ago, this book allowed me to shed the last vestiges of woo that remained in my personal philosophy. I had until reading this book, accepted an irrational belief in an afterlife. The moment I lost that is fixed in my brain as one of the most uplifting points in my life.

    28. Excellent book! Fantastic insight into the not-too-distant future. The term construction will take on a whole new meaning, just as the term computer used to mean a person doing computations now it means a PC.

    29. its gripping for those interested in the subject obviously. I havent read the entire book but have many articles citing from the actual book. Certainly made my molecular state seem smaller than it is and yet larger than it can be.

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