Re: Major Technologies

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Fri, 08 Jan 1999 11:12:59 -0600

Billy Brown wrote:
> Scenario 2 - Nanotech Doomsday
> Assumptions:
> Automated engineering is much easier than nanotech, and will thus be
> implemented substantially sooner.
> Scenario 3 - The Hard Takeoff to Singularity
> Assumptions:
> Automated engineering and nanotech are problems of similar difficulty, and
> will develop together.

I'd reverse the outcomes. Primitive nanotech results in destabilizing competition and wars fought with half-baked weapons (sc. 3). Instant omnipotent drextech lets the winner take over the world without much fuss and even evacuate the planet in case of emergency. Problem is, I think nanotech will start primitive.

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