Re: Major Technologies
Thu, 7 Jan 1999 07:07:56 -0800 (PST)

Samael [] wrote:
>Oh, and it doesn't matter if they are wasting energy attacking each other,
>as only ones surrounded by other grey goo would be spending more energy
>dissassembling each other, the ones on the edge would be happily digesting
>more non-grey-goo.

The ones on the edge will also be happily dismantling each other, and being dismantled by the ones in the middle. They also have to spend time making more grey goo nanobots to form the new outer shell, while they're being dismantled by the other nanobots, and while other nanobots are busily dismantling the new nanobots that they're trying to build. It's far from an easy task; nanobot reproduction will be hard enough in a stable environment, let alone when other hostile nanobots are dismantling what you're building as you're building it.

This whole idea seems an obvious non-starter to me as soon as you think about these problems.