Re: No nanotech before AI

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Thu Jul 13 2000 - 11:29:29 MDT

John K Clark wrote:
> > To be clearer, I'll grant a largely-self-reproducing atomic
> precision factory,
> > which implies the ability to manufacture the components of a factory,
> > including simple computers and machine tools.
>Why simple? I think you're assuming than a nanomachine assembling something
>from atoms would need to be as intelligent as a human being on a assembly
>line putting
>macroscopic parts together, but that's not true, dealing with atoms is
>much simpler.
>I'll grant you that without AI designing a complex machine would be
>difficult just as it is now,

It seems far from clear to me that it is trivial to take a design for a
throw some nanodust at it and say "Build it for me over there." Assembly
and construction use intelligence, just as design does.

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
MSN 1D3, Carow Hall, Fairfax VA 22030
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