Re: Hanson antiproliferation method?

Nicholas Bostrom (
Wed, 20 Aug 1997 23:37:42 +0000

Anders Sandberg

> I think the best way to deal with this is to try to minimize the
> risks, while making sure that if something awful happens you can deal
> with it: in a nanotech world, I would invest in active shields
> (several of them, and tweak them to be slightly different frome
> everybdoy else's), in a world with plenty of biotech I would make
> sure I had connections to people with good medical knowledge (CDC?)
> and so on. Not ideal, but perhaps the best we can get.

Does anybody know of any work about the feasibility of active shields
as a defense against a nanotech enemy?

Drexler has told me that he belives there is a possible stable
situation with nanotech and intelligent life. I tend to agree with
this. The problem is it is not impossible that the only way to get
there is to "tunnel" through an impossible region of civilization

Nicholas Bostrom

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