Re: question: receiving messages from powers

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Wed, 03 Nov 1999 12:43:03 -0600

This one is easy. Right now, attack is easier than defense; you can't stop a massed nuclear attack. Given nanotechnology, the inequality will get even worse. But in software, it seems to me that it's getting easier to defend then attack, and I certainly don't see Powers worrying about Trojan-horse attacks and the like. And it could be that under the ultimate laws of physics, defense is just easier than attack; once you have total control over local space, no external force can take it away from you.

Leaving aside answers like "social contracts" and "convergent motivations".

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