February 21, 2001
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- K. Eric Drexler
The chess board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature.
- T. H. HUXLEY
IN THE LAST CENTURY we have developed aircraft, spacecraft, nuclear power, and computers. In the next we will develop assemblers, replicators, automated engineering, cheap spaceflight, cell repair machines, and much more. This series of breakthroughs may suggest that the technology race will advance without limit. In this view, we will break through all conceivable barriers, rushing off into the infinite unknown – but this view seems false.