Re: [BOOKS/SF] New Vernor Vinge collection includes a new story

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Sat Jan 12 2002 - 00:51:05 MST

Anthony Garcia wrote:
> Brian Atkins says:
> > Does anyone else find it funny to find someone worrying about longevity
> > of their dead tree volume while simultaneously the book in question
> > is from Mr. Intro to the Singularity?
> "Dead tree volumes" have the advantage of being write-once and having
> no external interfaces; thus there is no chance of them being
> perverted by a remote attacker. One has the confidence that, 1000 years
> from now, modulo decay and physical access controls, the dead
> tree volume will contain the exact same text as when it was printed.

Write once by today's techniques...

Of course actually dead tree volumes are infinitely easier to pervert
(by a nanotech wielding blight) than alternate substrates that have
built in defenses and error checking.

Brian Atkins
Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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