Re: NANO: Custom molecules (gulp!)

Spike Jones (
Sat, 27 Nov 1999 20:24:08 -0800

John Clark wrote:

> Nanotechnology will certainly bring on a singularity but not all
> singularities are the same. A gray goo accident is pretty singular
> but that's not my greatest concern, deliberate abuse is...

Sure. Humans have demonstrated a perfectly contented willingness to risk *innocent lives* of neutral noncombatants in order to gain a military advantage over enemies. For instance, the commically vast stockpiles of nukes amassed by the U.S. and the commies. Why so damn many? If humans do this sorta thing, why would not nations take reckless chances with nanoreplicators, trying to outmaneuver the next dictator over, thereby risking all mankind? spike