On the reading stand

Dutch press roundup

October 15, 2013

My book tour in the Netherlands came packaged with an intense interview schedule, courtesy of hard work by Liesbeth de Vries of Lias Publishing, which has made Ongekende Overvloed (a.k.a. Radical Abundance) available in Dutch translation. Here are some results, omitting television: Online: Interview, KennisLink.nl: “Gaat nanotechnologie de wereld redden?” (from some dangers, maybe). Interview, […]

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Amory Lovins on Radical Abundance

August 18, 2013

Amory Lovins provided a great quote for the back cover of Radical Abundance, but doesn’t seem to be in the ebook or anywhere on the internet. Here’s the text: “In the 1980s, Eric Drexler conceived and described ‘nanotechnology’—an extraordinary new way to make almost everything out of almost nothing through atomically precise manufacturing. His term […]

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Robin replies

July 11, 2013

Robin Hanson has posted my critique of his critique of Radical Abundance, together with his response here. Robin writes: I accept that you talked about natural resources no longer being scarce or important in the context of international conflict, though I find it hard to imagine nations not caring about resources if their citizens still […]

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Review of Radical Abundance:
“Books in Brief” in Nature

May 17, 2013

A good paragraph in Nature:

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My next book: Radical Abundance, 2013

July 21, 2011

I’m now working on a new book, Radical Abundance, scheduled for publication in 2013 by PublicAffairs. The book has a wide scope in both its content and intended audience, addressing scientists, a general reading audience, and thought leaders in the policy arena. Radical Abundance will integrate and extend several themes that I’ve touched on in […]

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Nanosystems for India

May 6, 2011

Wiley India publishes textbooks “catering to the needs of Indian students”, and now offers Nanosystems:  Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation, the book I wrote on the principles and potential components, architectures, and implementation pathways for high-throughput atomically precise manufacturing systems. Here’s a list of Indian distributors. Wiley India, a branch of John Wiley & Sons, […]

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For the next Nobel Prize in Medicine,
I nominate…

November 3, 2010

During a three-month test across eight hospitals, several continents, and almost 4,000 patients, a new technology reduced serious surgical complications by 36% and deaths by almost 50% — in raw numbers, over 150 cases of severe harm and nearly 30 patient deaths. This performance was demonstrated in the spring of 2008 with the prototype version […]

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Incentive engineering v. Econ 101
   (creativity, criminality, etc.)

April 7, 2010

About a book and a paper… The economics I encountered (in what were considered to be humanities courses) at MIT presented theories of productive behavior illustrated with graphs of relationships between supply and demand, prices, utilities, consumer surpluses, deadweight losses, and so on. These are elementary parts of the apparatus of neoclassical economics, a soaring […]

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How many minds produce knowledge
(and how they don’t)

December 11, 2009

How groups think and how to do it better A review of Infotopia I’ve been discussing problems with public information and ways to improve it with Michael Nielsen, and on this topic, he recommended Infotopia: how many minds produce knowledge by Cass Sunstein. Having just finished reading it, I recommend it too. With a solid […]

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An Ecopragmatist Manifesto

October 24, 2009

Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto This week, with the help of Viking Press, Stewart Brand has offered the world an important book on the collision between humanity and the Earth’s limits — on the facts, the problems, the passions, the politics, and the realistic possibilities for better outcomes. After Whole Earth Discipline appeared in […]

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Total Recall:
How the E-Memory Revolution Will Change Everything

September 20, 2009

Gordon Bell, a long-time leader and innovator in the world of computation, has immersed himself in a life-changing experiment. Bits and pieces of news about it have been circulating for years, and his new book, just published, gives a full picture. In brief, Gordon records and indexes what he sees, hears, and more — and […]

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The Paradox of Choice

June 3, 2009

Why More is Less In standard theories of rationality, it is practically axiomatic that having more choices is always better. It should come as no surprise that this isn’t true of real human beings: Too much choice can make us miserable. In The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, Barry Schwartz unfolds a broad […]

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