Re: NANO: Initial utilities.
Sat, 6 Sep 1997 12:39:26 -0400 (EDT)

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <> wrote:

> Whichever group first develops nanotech might be able to take certain
> pre-emptive actions before *announcing* (not releasing) nanotechnology to
> population at large. I recommend that:
> 1) Most nuclear weapons be disabled, leaving a reserve for goo outbreaks.
> 2) Auto-healing nano be surreptitiously infiltrated into all human
> organisms. These should heal most large-scale wounds, cure all diseases,
> reverse all aging over a certain level.

Many people involved in this discussion seem to be living in some-sort of
surreal fantasy land where new technologies magically appear over night.
There are hundreds of companies working on nanotech, all at various
different levels of research and many sharing their individual knowledge. By
the time destructive nanotech is a real possibility, other forms of nanotech
will already be 'out there' making money in the real world. Progress, in
case you didn't know, is progressive!