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« Progress is Precarious | Main | Potential for Nano Warfare »

January 21, 2008

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Nato Welch

http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/fiction/bs01.htm

"Kiosk" is a new novella by Bruce Sterling on this very topic. He likens the disruptions of fabricators to the disruptions caused by the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, and to prospective disruptions caused by oil depletion.

Of course, Kiosk's "fabrikators" are neither atomically precise nor completely recursive (there are small, critical components that aren't fab-fabable), but I think the story makes a plausible case for the disruptiveness of even basic automated fabrication capabilities.

dibyadeep

Perhaps the new empires would be of corporates, not nations...in that case its immaterial which country you belong to...

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