Re: Goo prophylaxis:consensus

Hal Finney (
Fri, 5 Sep 1997 09:07:55 -0700

Anders Sandberg writes:
> Hal Finney <> writes:
> > I can't imagine a plausible situation in which an entity
> > with the kinds of powers that nanotech confers is going to find itself
> > needing access to information from its biological past. This may be
> > a failure of imagination on my part though. What kinds of things could
> > you see happening where it would need this information?
> Art? The tendency to never throw away anything that could someday become
> useful?

Well, that's my question. When would it be useful? How would it be useful?
Give me some ideas of what you're thinking of, here. My conception is that
the Power is so, well, Powerful that I can't see how the historical
knowledge would matter. But most other people seem to disagree, so I'd
appreciate some examples.