The origins of the Diamond Age

The vision of the Choo Institute is of a world where the Diamond Age has come of age. This label is highly relevant and suitably appropriate given the wide-spread use of high carbon weight, diamond and diamondoid structures in nanofabrication schemes.

But where did this term come from?

There is some debate about the issue. Many believe the term arose in the extended real and virtual discussions between Drexler and Dawkins (made famous of course in the Steven Berkhoff's biting The Molecular Monologues satire).

Most commentators however ascribe the term to an early 21st century writer of speculative fiction named Neal Stephenson.

Stephenson was a fabulously inventive, cross-genre writer who allowed his imagination to range freely across different ideas and arenas in a riting career that included twenty novels, including subjects as dverse as politics, history, science, conspiracy theory, economics and mountaineering.

The eponymous novel that is widely accredited with coining the term "Diamond Age" was Stephenson's third novel, about the adventures of an orpahn girl called Nell at the very beginnings of a fictional Diamond Age economy and society modelled on the Victorian era of the old British Empire.

Coagulant, of course, has its own rather different view.





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