dna computers...?

Gabriele Betti (lbetti@dinonet.it)
Fri, 10 Sep 1999 22:12:03 +0200


I'd like to know if anybody here had experiences with dna computers. I'd like to know if anybody can think of social applications for such computers.
Maybe in association with antimatter?

Gabriele Betti
>Since many many people would have a lot to lose by being vulnerable
>to such attacks, I would believe that people would actively band
>together to provide nanodefense systems. Killing people that are
>enhanced through nanomedicine gets *very* difficult. You essentially
>have to dismantle the brain. If people have virtual backup copies
>that are activated upon their death, then killing them becomes
>pretty pointless.
>> Do we develop James L. Halperin's _Truth Machine_ fool-proof lie detector
>> first or concurrently?
>I'm not sure that a Truth Machine buys you much. I had a lot
>of trouble with the concept when I read about it. With nanotech
>you should be able to "edit" memories at least to some degree.
>I would imagine nanobots sitting in the synapses, while you
>"recall" the information you want to hide, then they actively
>disrupt those paths so you can no longer remember it. They
>should be able to store the original synaptic settings
>in an inaccessible encrypted format.
>Now, of course the technology works in reverse if used by the
>"authorities" on the terrorists. Add the thought control bots,
>tune them up, and it becomes impossible for the terrorist to
>remember he was a terrorist. *Very* scary technology however.
>Definately kinder and gentler than some current solutions though.
>Would anyone care to comment on what motivates these groups?
>Clearly in some groups, they are willing to die for their cause.
>I don't think that in and of itself would define a condition

>of insanity. How "sane" are these people really? If confronted
>with a body of evidence that their beliefs are outmoded or
>incorrect, will they change their minds?
>If not, then we have a very interesting problem of when is it
>justified to "adjust" the personal reality of an individual?
>would make the oranizing of such groups very difficult.
>if the operate in record/wait/broadcast mode. A nanobot
>can store a lot of voice/video. It potentially gets worse
>since iuch larger than the recording devices it is almost
>>Is the solution simply to infect eenever a crime occurs?
>This seems to be only a small step away from leaving your
>DNA at a crime scene today.