Re: Active shields, was Re: Criticism depth, was Re: Homework, Nuke, etc..

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Thu Jan 11 2001 - 20:43:08 MST

I don't think you're talking about active shields per se, although I
could be wrong. IIRC, the fundamental sort of active shield Dr. D wrote
about is intended to be simple and stupid, and destroy itself and its
contents if the contents start acting, uhmm--uppity.

Care to try again? :)

The notion of a world full of AIs smarter than humans, running
everything, isn't intrinsically a part of active shields as far as I can
see. And it's another thing worth being concerned about. It becomes
important that they be satiable and compassionate, if at all possible.

John Marlow wrote:
> Well, uhmm--creating something smarter than we are,
> and then handing it all the weapons, doesn't strike me
> as a particularly bright idea. To say the least.
> john marlow
> --- "Michael M. Butler" <> wrote:
> > John Marlow wrote:
> > >
> > > Yeah. Obviously Drexler at least was thinking
> > about
> > > such things very early--as witness his "active
> > > shields" riff. (Do NOT get me started on THAT
> > one...)
> >
> > Why not? Have you given it up for Lent? ;)
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