Re: Fears of nanotech

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Sat, 28 Aug 1999 20:42:59 -0500

Kathryn Aegis wrote:
> Clint O'Dell writes:
> >I have described nanotechnology and the future of it as described in Eric
> >Drexler's book "Engines of Creation" and most are scared to death of it!
> >One young women I spoke with last week knew that it is just around the
> >corner just from my description of a working concept, and stated she doesn't
> >want to be here when it happens. She knows however it will happen within
> >her life time. I'm afraid many people like her and other people I've
> >mentioned it to will protest.
> >
> >Can anyone give me some ideas on how to counter this fear?
> To some extent, there may not be much you can do.

*I* think that nanotech is scary. *I* don't want to be on the same planet when it's developed. If people are frightened to death I say "GOOD!" because that's less insane than the mind-boggling naivete exhibited by most researchers.

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky,
Purveyor of Nanofear

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