Re: Major Technologies

Anders Sandberg (
06 Jan 1999 17:26:45 +0100

"Billy Brown" <> writes:

> Ah. I thought you meant accidental grey goo. Military action is indeed
> another matter, and analysis on the subject tends to be pretty naive.
> <putting on military theorist hat>
> I see two very different scenarios, depending on how fast the takeoff turns
> out to be:
> If we solve the automated engineering problem well in advance of the
> creation of the first assembler, then whoever first turns nanotech to
> military use instantly becomes the world's dominant military power. They
> will probably have a few weeks of lead time, and that's long enough to
> achieve such overwhelming dominance that the second nanotech power would be
> hopelessly outmatched.

Will they? On what assumptions do you base these predictions?

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