Re: evolved viruses

Eric Watt Forste (
Tue, 16 Sep 1997 14:02:06 -0700

Pat Fallon writes:
> I don't see how Elizer can "target" cocaine supplies with his new
> virus, without violating individual/property rights, even if he
> develops it in his basement with his own funds. Unless he intends
> to unleash it only in his own house.

I've discussed this with Eliezer before, and I still don't
understand his acute desire to arrange for people other than
himself to live their lives the way he thinks they ought to.

A crackhead who refrains from violence and theft is not someone
I want to mess with.

A crackhead who engages in violence and theft merits getting
messed with not because he is a crackhead, but because he
engages in violence and theft.

I sure hope Eliezer doesn't cook up something in his basement
lab that will destroy the economy of the northern Andes, or
he's going to have a lot on his conscience, and it probably
won't be very pleasant for him when he realizes just what he's

Eric Watt Forste ++ ++ expectation foils perception -pcd