Re: "Fortune"s of "war"

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Sat Oct 06 2001 - 04:59:56 MDT

On Fri, Oct 05, 2001 at 01:05:42AM -0700, Samantha Atkins wrote:
> "Michael M. Butler" wrote:
> >
> > Apologies if you've already read this. Not just a puff piece, nor rah-rah.
> > Takes a look at the economic effects.
> >
> > ObExtroContent: The deflationary effects are possibly a taste of
> > the kind of dislocations "bulk nano" molecular manufacturing might bring.
> >
> >
> I don't see what this piece has to do with bulk nano. NT could
> change so much that it is not particularly relevant whether most
> people have jobs or not as far as their material standard of
> living goes.

Well, the original ObExtroContent might have been weak, but the issue of
nanoeconomics is interesting. Remember that it is unlikely that
NanoClaus will appear instantly after the first assembler is made, so we
are going to be looking at an economy in a big transition over a span of
several years at least.

I wonder if Francis Fukuyama's thoughts on the industrial-postindustrial
transition in _The Great Disruption_ would be applicable here? What
happens when the paradigm shifts occur more and more often, so that the
system has not the time to settle down?

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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