Erratum (UK edition)

Page 19

Instead, aged thirty, Castillo became a pioneer for ‘stem cell’ therapy – one of the most rapidly advancing area of medical science.

should read

Instead, aged thirty, Castillo became a pioneer for ‘stem cell’ therapy – one of the most rapidly advancing areas of medical science.

Page 62 last para line 5:

‘If only he’d known . . .’ And as the sun sets on a dead world.

should read

‘If only he’d known…’ he says, as the sun sets on a dead world.

Page 91 final sentence

When I ask her, ‘What’s the longest interaction you’ve had with a robot?’

should read

I ask her, ‘What’s the longest interaction you’ve had with a robot?’

Page 111: last two lines (and on to p.112)

But even his critics recognise the significance of his Big Idea, which he developed in Engines of Creation and further articulated in his 1992 book, Nanosystems.

should read

But even those critics who scorn him, recognise the significance of Drexler’s Big Idea, which he articulated in his second book, Nanosystems, in 1992.

Page 114: 3rd para line 6:

(his blog contains posts entitled ‘How to Understand Everything – and Why’)

should read

(his blog includes a post entitled ‘How to Understand Everything – and Why’)

Page 116: 2nd para

With Eric’s nanofactory, raw materials are cheap chemical ‘feedstocks.’ ‘Common elements like hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, aluminium and silicon seem best for constructing the bulk of most structures – vehicles, computers, clothes and so forth – as they are light and form strong bonds. And as Eric asserts, because dirt and air contain these elements in abundance, raw materials can be dirt cheap.

should read

With Eric’s nanofactory, raw materials are cheap chemical ‘feedstocks.’ As he asserts: ‘Common elements like hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, aluminium and silicon seem best for constructing the bulk of most structures – vehicles, computers, clothes and so forth – as they are light and form strong bonds … and because dirt and air contain these elements in abundance, raw materials can be dirt cheap.’

Page 117, 4 lines from bottom

In diatoms, the sides of these overlapping parts contain tiny scale-scale holes,

should read

In diatoms, the sides of these overlapping parts contain tiny nano-scale holes,

Page 120: 3rd para: line 10/11

The concept is that thousands of nanocapsules containing flavor or color enhancers,

should read

The concept is that thousands of nanocapsules containing flavour or colour enhancers,

Page 128 indented quote at bottom of page

Peace can break out, though, when carrying capacity is pushed up suddenly, as with the invention of agriculture, or newly effective bureaucracy, or remote trade of technological breakthroughs.

should read

Peace can break out, though, when carrying capacity is pushed up suddenly, as with the invention of agriculture, or newly effective bureaucracy, or remote trade or technological breakthroughs.

Page 141: 2 lines below the lightbulb icon

My next stop is XCOR Aerospace for a meeting with CEO Jeff Greason. XCOR interests me

should read

My next stop is XCOR Aerospace for a meeting with CEO Jeff Greason. XCOR interest me

Page 164: penultimate para

Others – few of them it must be said, nonscientists – suggest the warnings of climate change are a grand hoax.

should read

Others – few of them, it must be said, scientists – suggest the warnings of climate change are a grand hoax.

Page 285 2nd line

There is an extraneous hyphen in the middle of the word ‘revolution’

Page 301

The scene in Return of the Jedi where Luke Skywalker gets a new hand has already happened for real

should read

The scene in The Empire Strikes Back where Luke Skywalker gets a new hand has already happened for real