Re: Nanotech Arms Race

Anders Sandberg (
26 Jan 1999 12:24:08 +0100

Ron Kean <> writes:

> I think that a matter-antimatter bomb would exhibit the same efficiency
> (energy per unit mass) regardless of size. A single proton meeting a
> single antiproton would release the same amount of energy per gram as
> would a larger matter-anti-matter sample.

Unfortunately the containment problem will likely cause scaling effects. My guess is that the container / antimatter ratio will go up a lot as you shrink the device.

As a theoretical assassin, I would go for poisons rather than nuclear weapons for my mosquitos.

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