Re: SCI and ECON Nanatech

Anders Sandberg (
Sun, 15 Sep 1996 20:38:20 +0200 (MET DST)

On Fri, 13 Sep 1996, thom j quinn wrote:

> I am sorry for such a basic question, but I am writing a short paper on
> nanotechnolopy and the effect of nanotech on economic systems.

I think it is hard to tell what the actuall effects will be, since we do
not know yet the limitations of nanotech. If strong nanotechnology is
possible, then economy as we know it will be completely different (an
information-based economy might work in moderate cases, but if rapidly
self-augmenting SI becomes possible even that fails). If nanotechnology
is very limited the situation could be as in Brin's _Earth_, where it is
used for specialized applications but nothing more.

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