Re: Learn to shoot

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sat Oct 28 2000 - 11:04:06 MDT

Chuck Kuecker wrote:
> Someday, we will have personal shields of nanobots that can deflect attacks
> by other nanobots and possibly chemical and biological attacks as well. I
> do not see how any nanotech could ever deflect a bullet - so the mope with
> a gun will be able to kill or injure someone with high-tech defenses for
> quite a long time into the future.

Well, you gleisners and fleshers and exuberants may continue to surround
yourselves with elaborate personal defenses and probably die like flies, but
absolute safety for we citizens is as simple as a protected memory partition.
And - this is the controversial part - we're far too smart to spend our days
trying to embarass each other socially and we have nothing to lose; we could
see any attack coming a mile away if we did; we don't have the brainware to
*get* embarassed if we did lose face; and we've got better things to do with
our time.

Cheerio, pedestrians!

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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