Re: SPACE: How hard IS it to get off Earth?

Spike Jones (
Sat, 13 Nov 1999 09:57:26 -0800

David Blenkinsop wrote:

> Finally, now that I've mentioned security related matters, are there any
> really bright ideas for lessening possible dangers of nanotech, short of
> running far, far away, that is?

Ja, I was thinking the same thing. Even running far far away probably wont help much because nanobots travel much better than we do. If the earth gets grey gooed, its only a matter of time before all the rocky planets catch it too, from meteors striking the earth and kicking up a tiny amount of goo into interstellar orbit.

And of course, if nanotech capable humans start using nanotech to carry colonies, the infection spreads even more rapidly. And even if some humans manage to escape earth ahead of nanotech, the knowledge in their collective minds that nanotech is possible means it is only a matter of time before they invent it on board and suffer the same fate as earth.

Let us work like hell to make nanotech our friend and keep it under control somehow.

Antisingularitarianistically speaking, the same problem applies to that technology too, eh Eliezer? It *will* be able to find us. spike