Re: Homework, was Re: Goo You--was Re: Nuke weapon/reactor/waste horror story links?

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Thu Jan 11 2001 - 12:30:43 MST wrote:
> As to shields, look from Earth from space. It's rather green in places.
> Are all of the plants going to get shields, too? One for every leaf?
> And what are you going to power these with?

And, leaving aside the power issue, let's not forget that waste heat is
perhaps the single greatest limiting factor for medical nanobots and
anything else operating in a living environment. Attack bots have no
moral problem with dumping kilowatts of waste heat into the environment;
defense shields may find it futile to defend a leaf if effective defense
means setting the leaf on fire.

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

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