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

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Fri Mar 10 2000 - 14:05:37 MST

>From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
>Zero Powers wrote:
> >
> > When talking nano, the best defense is an infallible, impenetrable and
> > non-hackable offense. For your plan to work, your offense would have to
> > practically perfect and everyone else's offense would have to be
> > If you believe that such an offense can be devised in the era of strong
> > 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.

While the recent exponential advance of computing power does leave room for
gobs of optimism about the *overall* advance of computing power, it does not
leave room for optimism that *your* computing power will be stronger than
mine. Therefore, it does not leave room for optimism that your
nano-defenses will be sufficiently perfect or that my nano-offenses will be
sufficiently imperfect for your plan to work. I'm reminded of the
"immovable object vs. irresistable force" hypothetical.


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--Thomas Jefferson

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