Re: Bill Joy on the CBS evening news

From: S.J. Van Sickle (
Date: Fri Jan 05 2001 - 07:49:36 MST

On Thu, 4 Jan 2001, John Marlow wrote:

> I am 100% opposed to Mr. Joy's "relinquishment"
> attitude--but the man has a point. If the consequences
> of mistakes with nuclear weapons (or nuclear power,
> for that matter) were as dire as those of mistakes
> made with nanotechnology, I assure you, we would all
> be dead already. Absolutely no question whatsoever.

Really? And when have nuclear weapons been used by mistake? I don't see
how simply increasing the possible consequences would cause us to *reduce*
the current safeguards or make an accident more likely. Quite the


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