RE: the economics of transition to nanotech

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Sun Jan 09 2000 - 05:27:41 MST

At 12:57 AM 9/01/00 -0800, Ramez Naam <>
>Damien, one thing that would improve the treatment of the topic in the book,
>IMHO, is to paint several possible economic futures and give the arguments
>for the likelihood of each one.
>Right now you meander a bit between explanation of the technology and
>advocacy for a specific economic policy. As a precursor to that advocacy,
>you might discuss in more depth possible outcomes like [snip 57 varieties]

Yep, I should (and will, if I feel up to it).

I guess what I was hoping for most, in raising this in the first place, was
some urls to papers (like those of ESR on open source software) that
explicitly and professionally analyzed the topic. I don't know of any,
aside from some elaborate plans for paths to AI (rather than nano) in
various of Eli's sub-sites, and comments by Robin Hanson on the economics
of unlimited uploading, and like that. Maybe it hasn't been done yet. I'd
have expected the Foresight folks to have a batch of documents on this
topic, though (but I haven't fallen over any of them yet).

Damien Broderick

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