Dr. Eric Drexler founded the field of advanced nanotechnology with a 1981 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and his book Engines of Creation published in 1986. These two publications laid the intellectual foundation for a complete revision of human manufacturing technology. Like any major shift in technology, there are risks to be aware of, but the promise of advanced nanotechnology is vast: clean cheap manufacturing processes for just about anything you can imagine, products that seem nearly magical by today's standards, medical instruments and treatments far more advanced than today's medicine.
Dr. Drexler has continued to work in the field for over twenty years, promoting research into developmental pathways and awareness of the potential risks. His thoughts on nanotechnology (and technology in general) are unique. With the publication of his Metamodern blog, these are now publicly available. His postings cover a broad range of topics, ranging from the books he's been reading lately to common and misleading errors in molecular animations to his most recent observations and insights on developmental pathways to advanced technologies.