[extropy-chat] New site www.e-drexler.com

Hal Finney hal at finney.org
Thu Apr 22 18:08:53 UTC 2004

According to an announcement I saw today, Eric Drexler has somewhat
belatedly set up a personal web site, http://www.e-drexler.com/.

Those who know Drexler for his work on nanotechnology may be surprised
that the site is not exclusively about nanotech, but in general about
"emerging technologies of broad importance".  Initially the two he is
focusing on include nano (of course), but also secure, distributed
computing.  Indeed, the title of the site is "nanotechnology -
e-drexler.com - secure computing".

The flavor of secure computing Drexler advocates is what is known
as object based capabilities.  This is an unconventional approach to
distributed software which achieves security by putting strict limits
on the abilities of any piece of code to communicate or interact with
other objects in the system.  A good example is the E program language
by Mark Miller, http://www.erights.org/.


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