POLITICS: Re: Avoiding nuclear anarchy

Mark Grant (mark@unicorn.com)
Mon, 6 Jan 1997 23:09:10 +0000

On Mon, 6 Jan 1997 N.BOSTROM@lse.ac.uk wrote:

>[stuff about nukes and nanotech]

I preferred 'Basement Nukes' from Loompanics, though much of the technical
information is inaccurate.

> Do you think there is something in this?

I think the fundamental point is that generally when you try to use force
to prevent the development and use of a technology, all you do is give
people a false sense of security which prevents them from adopting
realistic defences. Such a world has far less long-term security than a
world where the technology is unrestrained and people must develop

Which is safer: a world where nanotech is banned but can be developed by
small groups of fanatics, or a world where we all have numerous layers of
active shields to protect us?


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