Re: The Extinction Challenge
Tue, 27 Jul 1999 16:19:50 EDT

In a message dated 99-07-27 15:37:42 EDT, you write:

> I hereby challenge anyone to come up with a disaster, natural or 

> artificial, that could reasonably be expected to render an advanced
> spacefaring species completely extinct.
> For purposes of clarification:
> 1) The target civilization is assumed to have self-sustaining colonies in
> several solar systems spread across a volume of at least a few dozen cubic
> light-years.
> 2) The target civilization is assumed to have advanced robotics, genetic
> engineering, non-sentient AI, and other such technologies. Just to give
> exterminators a sporting chance, we'll pretend that nanotechnology and
> sentient AI don't exist.

Not fair, Billy. If I can't use nanotech and at least minimal AI, I can't wipe out the target. WIth them, I think I can.

     Greg Burch     <>----<>
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