Re: Nanotech Arms Race

den Otter (
Tue, 26 Jan 1999 09:39:13 +0100

> From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <>

> Yeah, but a bunch of nanobots can link arms and turn themselves into
> robots on any desired scale - and self-repair, and disintegrate into a
> cloud of dust if anyone comes looking. That's part of what I meant
> about it being absurd to say that nanotech is less powerful than
> macrotech. Nanobots can simulate robots any time, and the simulations
> can do things that blunt robots can't.

Ah yes, like the T-1000 "liquid metal" prototype vs the standard Terminator. Of course, the movie only shows a fraction of the possibilities...