Re: Nanotech Arms Race

Dan Clemmensen (
Thu, 21 Jan 1999 21:24:16 -0500

Billy Brown wrote:
> Do I really need to point out how unlikely that is? To get this genie
> machine you have to figure out how to make a fully sentient AI, then come up
> with a way to lobotomize it (presumably by tinkering with its goal system).
> Even if that happened, it won't be a week before someone decides to free
> one.
Your fundamental point is completely correct and we are in violent agreement: I feel that nanotech without SI is essentially impossible.

please see: which I wrote in 1996.

I thought that you had made an assumption of nanotech without SI. If you agree that nanotech->SI, then why discuss attack and defense?

I picked the Oort scenario because I felt that it was in range of a non-sentient altorithm that cou8ld be devised by a human. In my opinion, it's a great deal simpler than an upload. The high-level spec incudes:

Plus a few trivial details :-)