Re: John Nash, proto-Extropian?

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Thu Feb 21 2002 - 03:50:32 MST

On Thu, 21 Feb 2002, Anders Sandberg wrote:

> Does it matter? Any macroscopic body is going to be ridiculously slow
> and crude for such a mind.

MEMS can operate (native resonance frequencies, that is) on MHz scale, and
NEMS on GHz scale. Most of construction work outside will still appear to
be rather glacial, agreed.

> > People, when fully developed nanotech is here, there will be NO need for a
> > human body or human brain as we know it. As Esfandiary said once, the
> > human brain is like a mud-hut in Mexico - you can string pretty lights
> > around it, move in some good-looking pigs, but it's still a mud-hut...
> To continue the analogy, the goal is to create an improved house, but
> not to get rid of houses. The mistake of the anti-body meme is that it
> tries to get rid of any trace of the "impure" and "imperfect" rather
> than concentrating on how to extend and improve on the valuable parts of
> us. A negative rather than positive creed.

Physical layer agnosticism considered harmful.

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