Re: Hanson antiproliferation method?

Anders Sandberg (
Thu, 21 Aug 1997 11:32:20 +0200 (MET DST)

On Wed, 20 Aug 1997, Nicholas Bostrom wrote:

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

We know immune systems do a fairly good job against natural "goo",
although at a noticeable price: it consumes a lot of energy, and we
multicellular animals have evolved sex (with all its complications
and further energy losses) to improve its chances.

So I think active shields are feasible, it is just unlikely they will
be perfect. In the future even our equipment might get colds... :-)

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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