Re: LIST: the Gooies

Michael S. Lorrey (
Sun, 18 Apr 1999 22:19:31 -0400

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> "Let's use the anti-grey-goo nuclear weapons!" cried one person. "No,
> the blue goo!" "The active immune systems!" Conversation in the room
> quickly threatened to degenerate into chaos.
> "Wait!" cried Lyle Burkhead. All conversation instantly hushed, as the
> room turned toward the one man who had not spoken.
> "If the goo replicates..." he said slowly, his immense forehead bulging
> from the effort of cogitation, "IT MUST BE ALIVE! It's *biological*!"

Actually, if you go by Lyle's argument, the grey goo will sit on its ass and refuse to do anything until we give it a paycheck to do so, so we are protected by our unwillingness to pay for such a huge contracting job. Talk about project creep...

Mike Lorrey