Re: Nanotechnology Progress

Eugene Leitl (
Mon, 11 Nov 1996 18:41:24 +0100 (MET)

On Mon, 11 Nov 1996, Michael Lorrey wrote:

> I don't know. DO you think the Amish people will transcend?

Unlikely. Here's an ethical question: you need the Earth for resources,
but there are some guys living down there still. You have basically three

1) Let them live. Life is sacred, etc. etc. A bummer.

2) Upload them by force, delete all memories, make them unaware of a
discontinuity. Alternatively, give them the illusion that they have
died and live in a Heaven of their particular religion. Dunno what's

3) Life? Which life? Life's solid-state. This surface is contaminated by
primitive life precursors. Ablate the atmosphere by antiparticle beam,
we will need the vacuum for disassembly. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFt. Operation
completed, cooldown countdown started. Units 43.4534.3345.745
to 55.353.455.454 state 433.43 ready for spindown. Standby.

> Mike

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