Re: deciding which fork in the road to take with 'nano control'

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Fri Mar 10 2000 - 11:20:21 MST

>From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
>Zero isn't evil, merely misinformed, ignorant, or infected with control

Quite possibly right on all counts.

The proper extropian way to make sure that nano doesn't get out
>of control is to be one of those people on the forefront, and develop
>your own nano, but nano that acts like an immune system, on the lookout
>for out of control nano, and able to eliminate the cancer when it
>occurs. Once you've seeded the earth with your T-cell nanos, then we are
>all safe, and you will be our hero...;)
>The best defense is a good offense.

When talking nano, the best defense is an infallible, impenetrable and
non-hackable offense. For your plan to work, your offense would have to be
practically perfect and everyone else's offense would have to be imperfect.
If you believe that such an offense can be devised in the era of strong AI,
don't you concede that you may be just a smidgen over-optimistic?


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