Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization
Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization is a Book by Eric Drexler.
K. Eric Drexler is the founding father of nanotechnology—the science of engineering on a molecular level. In Radical Abundance, he shows how rapid scientific progress is about to change our world. Thanks to atomically precise manufacturing, we will soon have the power to produce radically more of what people want, and at a lower cost. The result will shake the very foundations of our economy and environment.
The book posits some stimulating questions about the impact of atomically precise manufacturing (APM) on civilization, clarifying just what APM really is, and then addressing the kind of social and economic consequences. The main purpose of Drexler’s book is simply to clear away distractions and ask the more important questions about this technology’s possibilities. In my own view, by changing or altogether negating the current global division of labor as specified by Drexler, emerging manufacturing technologies like APM can at least begin to overcome the severe disparities of power and wealth in the world. These disparities have historically been legitimized and kept in place by the very nature of factories, aggressive supply chain management, and unequal exchange between advantaged and disadvantaged countries. Hence it is reasonable to expect “desktop-scale” manufacturing to threaten these disparities and usher new guarantees of dignity for every person or country, no matter how small.