Using Information To Create Physical Objects
About the Book
Beginning with a simple, idealized definition of a Replicator Device, the reader is led on a thought-provoking exploration of virtually all aspects of technology and modern society.
A Replicator is a device which takes energy and information as input and produces physical objects and waste heat.
Topics include: ■ The Benefits of Being Able to Replicate Anything ■ What is a Replicator? ■ What do we want to Replicate? ■ What DON’T we want to Replicate? ■ The Challenges of Replication Technology
- More than 25 areas for further research.
■ Roadmap to a Replication Future
Five supplementary essays treat topics related to developing future technology:
- I Have A Cat
- On the Failure of Capitalism
- On Inventory Management
- What is a Source File?
- Malevolent Social Engineering in Open Source Software
- I Replicator Technology
- 1 What is a Replicator?
- 2 What Do We Want To Replicate?
- 3 What DON’T We Want to Replicate?
- II The Challenges of Replication Technology
- 4 The Challenge of Raw Materials
- 5 The Challenge of New Materials
- 6 The Challenge of Processing
- 7 The Challenge of the Skilled Operator
- 8 The Challenge of Inorganic Compounds
- 9 The Challenge of Organic Compounds
- 10 The Challenge of Large Objects
- 11 The Challenge of Small Objects
- 12 The Challenge of Inventory and Storage
- 13 The Challenge of Molecular-Scale Structures
- 14 The Challenge of Design Standards
- 15 The Challenge of Conventional Wisdom
- Spacesuits and Glove Boxes
- Auditory Systems
- Vision Systems
- 16 The Challenge of Sub-Assemblies
- 17 The Challenge of Perceived Cost
- 18 The Challenge of Economics
- 19 The Challenge of Permanence
- 20 The Challenge of Quality
- 21 The Challenge of Environment
- 22 The Challenge of Yield
- 23 The Challenge of Waste Management
- 24 The Challenge of Transportation
- 25 The Challenge of Assembly
- 26 The Challenge of Recycling
- 27 The Challenge of Not Dying
- 28 The Challenge of Pattern Design
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
- 29 The Challenge of Reliability
- 30 The Challenge of Obsolescence
- 31 The Challenge of Hidden Feedback Systems
- 32 The Challenge of Intellectual Property
- 33 The Challenge of Semantic Blindness
- 34 Roadmap to a Replication Future
- III Essays
- 35 I Have A Cat
- 36 On the Failure of Capitalism
- Obfuscation Wins
- Outsourced Middlemen
- Mob Rule
- Cascade Failures
- Feedback Limits
- Adapt or Die
- Buyer Rules
- Contracts and Lawyers
- 37 On Inventory Management
- Visual Object Recognition
- Modern Examples
- Other Recognition Techniques
- 38 What is a Source File?
- What Are Source Files?
- How Are Source Files Used?
- What Does the Future Hold?
- What Could Replace Source Files?
- I Am Requesting Some Feedback
- 39 Malevolent Social Engineering in Open Source Software
- Single-Bit Date-Time Bug
- Intel FDIV Bug
- NASA End-Of-Year Protocol
- McAfee Automatic Update
- Adobe Flash Player
- Zune 30GB Music Player Leap Year Bug
- Sony Root Kit
- A Tirade Against Digital Rights Management Software
- Physical Damage to Memory
- Vulnerabilities, Exploits and Triggers
- The Stack As An Unnecessary Vulnerability
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