Re: Goo prophylaxis

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Tue, 02 Sep 1997 20:01:01 -0500 wrote:
> Nuclear weapons - or anything that produces ionizing radiation - will, in
> general, greatly favor the city, provided it makes use of aqueous phase
> thermodynamic nanotechnology (i.e., biology-style) and provided the nukes
> lack the physical power to just obliterate the city. The proposals for
> machine-phase nanotech so far are all hypersensitive to ionizing radiation as
> they have no way to put stray atoms back in to place or to replace arbitrary
> damaged parts. Biology-style nanotech benefits greatly from extreme
> redundancy and positional independance. If even one element in a rod-logic
> computer malfunctions the whole thing is in a very bad situation. Current
> living things can survive extensive hits on anything other than DNA, and with
> redundant genetic systems could take even that.

Why can't the black goo use biology-style nanotech? In fact, the black goo
has the best of both worlds; they can use sharp, efficient "tactical goo" to
keep the city under pressure, backed by a sea of biological "strategic goo"
bearing nuclear weapons. The city *must* surround itself with tactical silver
goo or the tactical black goo will eat right through it... so each nuke blows
off a layer of silver goo.

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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