"Drexlerian" as an epithet, was Re: Saul Kent's powerful new cryonics organization

From: Michael M. Butler (butler@comp-lib.org)
Date: Thu Feb 14 2002 - 13:51:54 MST

"Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:
> >
> > As far as Wolfe is concerned, any technology based on the "Drexlerian vision of
> > nanotech"--that is, the self-replicating assembler--should be put in its place.
> Src: http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1103-833739.html
> We are not "over the hump" yet by any stretch of the imagination.

It seems that one must deal with the notion that self-replicating general purpose assemblers
is Drexler's sole contribution/albatross; probably by tacitly ignoring it when dealing with those
with short-term parallel goals. Calculating the consequent risks & goal drifts requires craft.
Argue, or win the war?

This sometimes seems daunting.
I try to remember Robert Goddard's history--and to be mindful of the Peenemunde story arc.

butler a t comp - lib . o r g    Wm. Burroughs said it best: "After a shooting spree,
I am not here to have an argument.        they always want to take the guns away
I am here as part of a civilization.        from the people who didn't do it."

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