Eric Drexler

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Kim Eric Drexler (born 25 April 1955) is an American author and engineer, currently Senior Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute.

Drexler is most famous for his pioneering work on atomically precise manufacturing, especially as presented in his books Engines of Creation (Drexler 1986), a popular introduction to the core ideas, and Nanosystems (1992), a comprehensive graduate-level survey of the field (itself based on his MIT doctoral thesis (Drexler 1991)). More recently, Drexler’s research has focused on AI risk, where he has developed an approach he calls Comprehensive AI Services (Drexler 2019). Drexler has also made original contributions to the Fermi paradox (Sandberg, Drexler & Ord 2018), space colonization (Drexler 1979), distributed computing (Miller & Drexler 1988), hypertext publishing (Drexler 1986: ch. 14), and other fields.


Amato, Ivan (1991) The apostle of nanotechnology, Science, vol. 254, pp. 1310–1311.
A short profile of Drexler, focusing on his early work in nanotechnology.

Bassett, Deborah R. (2010) Drexler, K. Eric, in David Guston (ed.) Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, pp. 168–170.
A brief entry on Drexler, with emphasis on his role in the development of nanotechnology.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (2007) The stealth threat: An interview with K. Eric Drexler, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, vol. 63, pp. 55–58.

Drexler, K. Eric & N. J. May (1979) High performance solar sails and related reflecting devices, 4th Conference on Space Manufacturing Facilities Princeton University, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Drexler, K. Eric (1981) Molecular engineering: An approach to the development of general capabilities for molecular manipulation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 78, pp. 5275–5278.

Drexler, K. Eric (1986) Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology, New York: Anchor Books.

Drexler, K. Eric (1991) Molecular Machinery and Manufacturing with Applications to Computation, PhD thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Drexler, K. Eric (1992) Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation, New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Drexler, K. Eric (2009a) How to understand everything (and why), Metamodern, May 17.

Drexler, K. Eric (2009b) How to learn about everything, Metamodern, May 27.

Drexler, K. Eric (2013) Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization, New York: PublicAffairs.

Drexler, K. Eric (2019) Reframing superintelligence: Comprehensive AI services as general intelligence, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford.

Edwards, Steven A. (2006) The Nanotech Pioneers: Where Are They Taking Us?, Weinheim: Wiley-VCH.
A short biography of Drexler is found on pp. 18-21.

Miller, Mark S. & K. Eric Drexler (1988) ‘Markets and computation: Agoric open systems’, in B. A. Huberman (ed.) The Ecology of Computation, Amsterdam: North-Holland, pp. 133–176.

Regis, Ed (1990) Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition: Science Slightly over the Edge, Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.

Regis, Ed (2004) The incredible shrinking man, Wired, October 1.
A profile of Drexler.

Sandberg, Anders, K. Eric Drexler & Toby Ord (2018) Dissolving the Fermi paradox, arXiv, June 6.

Eric Drexler: Pare­to­topian goal alignment

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Eric Drexler: Refram­ing Superintelligence

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