RE: We're stuck with each other

From: Smigrodzki, Rafal (
Date: Wed Jan 23 2002 - 11:25:34 MST

Louis Newstrom [] wrote:

That sounds great. The big point you are missing is where are YOU going to
get your first biobot? The microscopic, infinitely programmable,
self-maintaining nanites you are talking about may not even be possible!
Definitely not free.

### Some objects do not lend themselves easily to being subject of property
laws. Only a sophisticated system of laws could make the music on CD's into
property, and with technical change this became even more difficult to

I would think that nanobots might be very difficult to own (in the
intellectual property sense). Enforcement of such property claims would
require total sentient supervision of most of the available mass on Earth.
Possible, maybe, but difficult.

If only one person hacks a nanobot, strips the owner's restrictions, in a
few days everybody will have copies of their own. Therefore, it should be
possible to get older-generation nanobots for free.


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