Our Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics And Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Our World by Douglas MulhallOur Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics And Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Our World by Douglas Mulhall

Our Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics And Artificial Intelligence Will…

byDouglas Mulhall

Hardcover | August 1, 2002

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What Alvin Toffler's Future Shock was to the 20th century, Our Molecular Future will be to the 21st century.

What will happen to our jobs, health care, and investments when the molecular revolution hits?
How might artificial intelligence transform our lives?
How can molecular technologies help us cope with climate changes, earthquakes, and other extreme natural threats?
Our Molecular Future explores some intriguing possibilities that answer these questions and many others. Douglas Mulhall describes the exponential changes that are about to be wrought by the nanotechnology and robotic revolutions, which promise to reduce the scale of computing to the nanometerùa billionth of a meterùwhile increasing computing power to almost unimaginable levels.

The resulting convergence of genetics, robotics, and artificial intelligence may give us hitherto undreamed-of capacities to transform our environment and ourselves. In the not-so-distant future, our world may include machines that scour our arteries to prevent heart disease, cars and clothes that change color at our whim, exotic products built in our own desktop factories, and enhancements to our personal financial security despite greatly accelerated obsolescence.

But while technology is making these fantastic leaps, we may also encounter surprises that throw us into disarray: climate changes, earthquakes, or even a seemingly improbable asteroid collision. These extremes are not the nightmare scenarios of sensationalists, Mulhall stresses, nor are many of them human induced. Instead, they may be part of nature's cycleùrecurring more often than we've thought possible.

The good news is that this convergence of catastrophe and technological transformation may work to our advantage. If we're smart, according to Mulhall, we can use molecular machines to protect ourselves from nature's worst extremes, and harness their potential benefits to usher in an economic renaissance.

This visionary link between future technology and past disasters is a valuable guide for every one of us who wants to be prepared for the twenty-first century.
Douglas Mulhall is a sustainable development specialist and technology journalist. He has managed scientific institutes that pioneered adaptive technologies such as water recycling and flood prevention, in collaboration with governments, research laboratories, and multinational companies He has written articles for professional journal...
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Title:Our Molecular Future: How Nanotechnology, Robotics, Genetics And Artificial Intelligence Will…Format:HardcoverPublished:August 1, 2002Publisher:Prometheus BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most thought provoking book since Drexler! I am very critical of books, but this is one of the very few that should be read by every human being. I have read a lot of books on Futurism and Nanotechnology, but none that covers such a range of topics. It illustrates both the potential for greatness and our ill-preparedness for everything from natural disasters to transhumans, and is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the survival and/or evolution of the species.
Date published: 2004-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mixed review The first part of the book is a good discussion of developments in nanotechnology. The second part seems a different book entirely: a discussion of extraneous disaster scenarios with nanotechnology tacked on as a potential solution. The parts don't make a coherent whole.
Date published: 2003-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating glimpse into the future Rarely does one find a book with as many insights into the future as Our Molecular Future. Page after page there are concepts which are entirely foreign to you before reading them, and they seem so self-evident after you have understood them. Clearly, not everything that is depicted in the book is going to come to pass in our lifetimes. However, this was the best book I have read for years. Not since Godel, Escher, Bach have I thought so much while reading!
Date published: 2002-04-20