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Mind Expanding Stuff,
This review is from: Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology (Anchor Library of Science) (Paperback)
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 DNA is a nanomachine and how it encodes and produces every living thing. He uses this as a model for man to design DNA like machines and extends this to nanomachines not based on building proteins but building non-organic machines.
Large parts of the book talk about the steps that need to be taken in order to ensure that the technology is produced with appropriate safeguards in place (both physical and political).
The book was published in 1990 when html and the web was still being developed. Towards the end of the book there is a chapter on information. He discusses using html and how it will revolutionise the way we store/update documents. He basically explains the web as it is now.
The ideas in this book are used extensively in almost every modern sci-fi book or movie out there.