Re: >H RE: Present dangers to transhumanism

Eugene Leitl (
Wed, 1 Sep 1999 20:24:08 -0700 (PDT)

Stan Kretler writes:

> Seems important to think about these things. Is anyone here worried
> about slipping into a psychosis of nihilism once their IQs are high
> enough that they realize that their goals have no philosophical
> foundation (or *might* have no foundation)?

That would seem to be a remarkably brittle kind of intellect. Grown systems don't fail that way.

> Worrying about grey goo seems less important (and less interesting) than
> worrying about 400 IQ nihilists with a *lot* of technological power.

What's the easiest way to screw up the world? Grey goo. So, please don't stop worrying about grey goo countermeasures. We'll address the other issues when we'll be there.