Re: near-anything boxes allowed to be in the hands of the public?

From: Stirling Westrup (
Date: Wed Mar 08 2000 - 23:12:06 MST

James Swayze wrote:

> Anders Sandberg wrote:
> >
> > If the transition to nanotech is sufficiently slow rules and rulers
> > might keep up, but to actually control something like that is likely just
> > as hard as controlling the Internet.

> > If the
> > transition is faster than they can keep up with, something that seems to
> > have happened for most other radical technologies (computers, genetic
> > engineering etc) then they will not be in any position to instate working
> > controls anyway.
> Provided we keep our current system of government. Can anyone envision a
> system capable of keeping up?

I suspect that an internet-based meritocracy would be able to handle the
changes. That assumes of course, that the many problems of choosing the
best person for a job in an unbiased way can be overcome. I'm beginning to
think that the problems are solveable though.

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