Re: META: The NOW prefix.

Gina Miller (
Tue, 23 Mar 1999 20:42:32 PST

Nanotechnology is now. Progress in this field is being done with Nadrian Seeman, Viola Vogal, and even the latest government initiative. I myself am working on a publication and organizing a conference in my area, much like nanocon.
Thank you,
Gina "NANOgirl" Miller

>From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <>
>To: "" <>
>Subject: META: The NOW prefix.
>Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 22:26:36 -0600
>I am going to take a shot at starting a discussion of issues relevant
>immediate choices. In particular, the "What needs doing" message that
>will follow. If people follow up with ideological disputes, the
>will not yield results.
>Initial subject line:
>"NOW: What needs doing [Yudkowsky]"
>Replies along the lines of "I don't think you should do that for
><ultimate goals reason>", or anything else concerning the futuristic
>scenario, should change to ">H: *I* think nanotech is wonderful!"
>Replies with your own set of projects should change to "NOW: What
>doing [MyName]".
>If each and every project is not something that you could start doing
>NOW, legally, with modern technology, please change the subject line to
>"LATER: What needs doing [MyName]". For example, "Let's genetically
>engineer mosquitoes to carry an antiagathic" is LATER. "Let's
>investigate the possibility of using mosquitoes as cheap measles
>vaccinations" would be NOW. Items that need a billion dollars in
>funding are okay; but, insofar as I don't think anyone with that kind
>money is reading the list, please suggest, say, that the foundation be
>started with a million and that this seed money be used to seek funding
>from the major Internet tycoons. Ta-da! It's NOWed.
>Please, please, PLEASE follow these rules. If you don't, you are
>sabotaging one of the last efforts to create a practical discussion
>here. You are sabotaging a discussion that has been widely demanded
>which many people have expressed interest in. You are sabotaging the
>effort to create a subject line that people with important resources
>read. You are sabotaging the list. You are sabotaging the projects.
>You are sabotaging the Singularity. Unless one of the list owners
>me it's impolite, I will follow up each and every offending message
>a corrected subject line and the phrase "CHANGE THE SUBJECT LINE,
>PLEASE." Again: Please, please, PLEASE obey topic discipline.
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
>Disclaimer: Unless otherwise specified, I'm not telling you
>everything I think I know.

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