Re: Principle of Nonsuppression

Clint O'Dell (
Wed, 01 Sep 1999 20:03:24 MDT

From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <> Reply-To:
Subject: Principle of Nonsuppression
Date: Wed, 01 Sep 1999 13:53:41 -0500

Edwin Evans wrote:


> If governments did start taking nanotechnology threats
> seriously and decided to ban selling/developing
> assemblers or even the sale of AFMs, I wouldn't rail
> against it (would you?). If Japan and a few other
> countries did do this, it seems they may be able to
> postpone the possible future event of nanotechnology
> obliteration. Since it does take a lot of money and
> organization to develop, making it illegal could
> conceivably be quite effective. Are you sure it's
> too late? Regulation will get more difficult and
> dangerous the later it comes.

It would happen anyways. People would develop out of their basement. Underground societies would form because we just aren't the kind of people to allow our freedom and immortality be taken/kept from us are we?

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