RE: Nanomilitary policy

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Wed Mar 15 2000 - 15:20:57 MST

On Wed, 15 Mar 2000, Zero Powers wrote:

> What is the difference between a "simple" nanobot attack and a complex
> nanobot attack?
A small number of nanobots designed to simultaneously release a relatively
large quantity of a highly toxic poison long after they were delivered
to your body.

> If a zillion nanobots invade my body and commence to dismantle me
> molecule by molecule, is that a simple nanobot attack?

It seems like a lot of work. A flamethrower is probably a better approach.

> Do you invision some vaccine to boost my immune system from this sort of
> dismantling?

Your natural immune system probably cannot be re-engineered to resist
what I would call a nanobot attack. Diamondoid/Saphire nanobots are
pretty hard to take out with bio-nanotech. As was suggested you will
need an engineered nano-immune system. These will be natural outgrowths
of bio-engineering of stronger immune systems (i.e. immune systems that
cannot, no way, no how become infected with HIV). There will be a lot
of discussion about various types of attacks and various defenses that
must be engineered against them. Fortunately we have nature to use
as a blueprint for what works and one would hope the good guys should
outnumber the bad guys so the defenses stay ahead.


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