Re: Dyson (Was: Paths to Uploading)

Anders Sandberg (
07 Jan 1999 20:07:55 +0100

"Bryan Moss" <> writes:

> > > I'd be interested to hear what you thought of Dyson's 'radiotelepathy'
> > > in _Imagined Worlds_.
> >
> > Yes, he has an interesting point and I think something like that may
> > become very useful if it can be built. We are already getting there
> > with mobile phones. At the same time, when I read it I felt that good old
> > Dyson is getting old - he never even mentioned nanotechnology, and seemed
> > somehow stuck in a Stapledon world. Very odd.
> Quote from "Freeman Dyson's Brain", Wired 6.02:
> "Biotechnology has moved ahead so fast that it makes nanotechnology old hat.
> If we get to the point of building micromachines, it will probably be done
> by biotech."

He has a good point. But he still doesn't seem to realize the profound effects of agile nanofacturing.

The nice thing about Drexler's approach is that he can show what is allowed by physical law, and then we can look for it using biotech.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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