Re: low-tech borganisms

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Sat Feb 10 2001 - 00:13:56 MST

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> The "nanoscale" devices are microrobots and not nanotech. I'm not aware
> of anybody even trying to put together a project to make vaguely useful
> nanotech device. Do they even have a gear yet? (nanotech, not the
> microscale ones)

Seems to me that you provide a service to the list by posting this reality
check. Of the three most often cited components of Bill Joy's nightmare of
runaway technology, namely genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and
robotics, NT looks least likely to lead the convergence. The more I think
about it, the more I persuade myself that robotics represents the lowest
threshold of technology necessary for borganisms... and that robotics will
drive the emergence of human-competitive A-Life... into which Homo sapiens
may cognitively migrate.

Stay hungry,

--J. R.

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