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Hugh

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  • Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By K. Eric Drexler
    • Narrated By Tim Pabon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (46)
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    (36)
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    (37)

    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.

    David says: "Drexler Rehashes the Past"
    "A most difficult book for a layman"
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    What did you like best about Radical Abundance? What did you like least?

    The best part was the concept. The worst part was 28 hours of listening and never really understanding how this was going to happen. Eric Drexler proposed this theory 25 years ago in a book, and apparently it created a big stir, to the point where, in 2000 President Clinton got Congress to appropriate a big chunk of cash to research the concept, and mind you it's a concept, not anywhere near something that's a reality. Here we are another 13 years later and I just don't see anything in this book that says we're any nearer. The author seems to be saying "we can do this if only the researchers would not keep side-tracking "ATM", the core of the concept. No question the concept is provocative, but where's is the reality? Also, parts were repetitive and really wordy. For example, describing the difference between a scientist and an engineer took at least two hours of listening. I gritted my teeth and listened to it all. What I took away was that Atomically-Precise Engineering ("ATM" as it's called in the book) is a theory. It's never been done, and I didn't hear in the book that anyone, anywhere is seriously trying to do it. .


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept.


    What aspect of Tim Pabon’s performance would you have changed?

    The problem is not the narrator. It's understanding the book.


    Did Radical Abundance inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, I'll be on the lookout for more on this subject.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeremy Rifkin
    • Narrated By David Cochran Heath
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (42)
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    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    In this provocative new book, Rifkin argues that the coming together of the Communication Internet with the fledgling Energy Internet and Logistics Internet in a seamless twenty-first-century intelligent infrastructure—the Internet of Things—is boosting productivity to the point where the marginal cost of producing many goods and services is nearly zero, making them essentially free.

    Hugh says: "Totally Provocative"
    "Totally Provocative"
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    Where does The Zero Marginal Cost Society rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top ten percent


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The fact that it laid out a scenario, the existence of which I had never been aware of.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No scenes. It's futurist economics.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I never listen to a book in one setting. I listen when I'm in my car, and that has to be multiple sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    A book well worth reading. As provocative as Kurzweil.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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