SCI and ECON Nanotech

Lyle Burkhead (
Sat, 28 Sep 1996 01:38:24 -0500 (EST)

I wrote
> There are many points where a decision has to be made
> by somebody who has an understanding of the project as a whole,

to which John Clark replied,
> Then complex things would never get made by humans.
> No one man, no ten men have a deep understanding of an airliner
> or a microprocessor or the software that lets it do interesting things,
> it's too great for one mind to grasp, at least a mind as puny as a human.

John, if you uploaded yourself into better hardware, you would just
miss the point a hundred times faster.

The rest of my statement --
> ...and who understands the purpose of his activity.
> Such decisions require human judgment.

to which John replied:
> The purpose of his activity is to make money, but that's
> even more complex than manufacturing because not even a billion men
> understands the economy in any depth.

This is very boring.