RE: Major Technologies

Eugene Leitl (
Sat, 9 Jan 1999 00:01:07 +0100

Billy Brown writes:

> Another problem is energy supply. The gray goo is limited to organic matter

The idea of a military autoreplicator is to autoamplify by converting organics. Anything else is just distracting bells & whistles. Whatever is needed, will be invented by the evolution along the way.

> and solar power for energy supply, so its growth rate can't be too much

Photovoltaics means about 1 kW/m^2 peak, and there are a lot of these m^2 out there. However, the color of the goo is grey, not green.

> faster than ordinary microorganisms. A defensive system can mass-produce
> nanobots in industrial fabricators running off the electrical power grid.

And what does electrical power grid run on? Magical fairy-dust?

Where is reconaissance, planning, production, transportation, deployment, action analysis, all in an co-evolutionary scenario?

> Thus, the defensive system can have a far higher reproduction rate.

Non sequitur.