Re: Fears of nanotech

Robert J. Bradbury (
Sun, 29 Aug 1999 05:04:36 -0700 (PDT)

Eliezer wrote:

> *I* think that nanotech is scary. *I* don't want to be on the same
> planet when it's developed.

Too late. Its heeere! You have 40 trillion self-replicating nanites crawling around inside you right now.... And they are much worse than the systems suggested by Drexler et. al. because they can't even copy their operating program correctly!

> If people are frightened to death I say "GOOD!" because that's less
> insane than the mind-boggling naivete exhibited by most researchers.

Seriously Eliezer, could you explain a bit more what it is you are afraid of --

  (a) self-replicating machines;
  (b) our ability to program such machines;
  (c) the advanced materials properties allowed by hard-nanotech;
  (d) every [sane] person being able to do (b) on (a) constructed from (c);
  (e) the dangers that result from (d) including not-quite-so-sane people;
  (f) the risks posed by allowing nanomachinery to "evolve";

  (g) something I've missed?

If it is (b) on (a), I think in the biotech industry will achieve it in the next 3-5 years. [I may even start the company to do it... :-)]