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

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Fri Mar 10 2000 - 12:50:12 MST

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

One thing I've learned with regard to computer technology: Its almost
impossible to be over-optimistic.

Mike Lorrey

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