Re: Bill Joy on the CBS evening news

From: S.J. Van Sickle (
Date: Fri Jan 05 2001 - 14:00:54 MST

On Fri, 5 Jan 2001 wrote:

> Fissibles are quite easily controlled. Much more difficult with a virus
> design kit, and quite impossible with nanotechnology, which provides and
> propagates means for its own production. As soon as Pandora's box is open,
> there's no going back.

I quite agree that nuclear weapons are an easier problem than biological
or nanotech weapons. The orginal poster said that if "the consequences of
failure" of nuclear weapons were the same as nanotech, we would all be
dead. Not so, it is the nature of the technology, not the possible
consequences, that determine the ease of control. I believe we are in
violent agreement.


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