Re: Goo--was Nuke etc.

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue Jan 09 2001 - 23:17:41 MST

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> If it happens, we're screwed. Accept this, and decide what you're
> going to do about it.

john marlow wrote:
> "For there is no secret and there is no defense; there is no possibility of
> control except through the aroused understanding and insistence of the
> peoples of the world. We scientists recognise our inescapable responsibility to
> carry to our fellow citizens an understanding of atomic energy and its
> implication for society. In this lies our only security and our only hope - we
> believe that an informed citizenry will act for life and not for death.
> ---Albert Einstein, 1947"

So, basically sit around debating the issue until the goo eats through an
artery. Okay. Just checking.

I agree that this is better than nothing, but I have to say that, in my
honest and considered estimation, it is not enough. If goo gets loose,
we're screwed. If there's nothing we can do to prevent it except rely on
a UN vote, we're still screwed.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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