Randall Randall wrote:
> Michael wrote:
> > Nano tech organisms should not be designed with their own power generation
> > devices, as that is a prescription for loss of control and catastrophe. Any
> > nanotech we deploy should be entirely dependent upon an outside source of energy,
> > a food, that we supply.
> The problem with this is that while it removes the worst
> possiblities of abuse, it also eliminates the highest
> growth rates, leaving those who choose to use it less
> competitive than those who use natural raw materials.
Sure but you could use the same logic to the use of gengineered infectious viruses as a means of widespread improvement of the gene pool. Its still a very dangerous idea. If I knew of another transhuman who was using such liberated technology I'd nuke the guy on general principles.
I don't beleive that the risk is less costly than the purported worth of the improvement in competetiveness. Far to the opposite in fact.