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October 15, 2005


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I remember the hype a few years back was don't worry about the first daimondoid assembler, because it will back in the garage looking for what went wrong with it the first time somebody tried to get it working; what ever happened to that logic?


i would also mention a thought of mine that keeps coming up whenever I think about my ideas about how the human mind works; would it be wise to steal a police car? No, not really; i'd assume crn would reply with, yes, but what if you had nano-a.i.? Once again, back to the point above about the first nano-assembler going back in the shop for modifications for whatever went wrong in its first outing. Besides, even today, there is plenty of a.i. in the background of our world, and especially by the time the first 'primitive' assemblers come around assuming in ten years, a nano-a.i. person would still be a bit unwise to decide to go bonkers with it.

Chris Phoenix, CRN

flashgordon, until you can build a nanofactory with your mechanosynthesis tech, you can't do much of anything with it; it doesn't scale.

But once you can build a nanofactory, you can build a huge range of other products merely by recombining existing designs. From there, it's just software debug, not hardware.

And once you can build a nanofactory, you can build as many nanofactories and products as you like.

The reason it's not wise to steal a police car is that there's a higher level of overwhelming force. I'm told that even in Grand Theft Auto, if you do too much damage the US military comes and kills you.

Now, I'm not saying that a single MM-enabled criminal could take on the US military. But there's an imbalance between offense and defense: a few smart people with MM could kill millions, perhaps billions, of unprotected civilians, and destroy billions of dollars worth of unprotected property. And if you think civilians will be adequately protected post-MM, I've got a levee to sell you.

I'm sure there have been a few cases of kids on joy rides stealing police cars. And there have certainly been cases of paramilitary forces willing to take more damage than they could dish out.

Doing damage would be pointless, but when I think of human psychology, I notice that that doesn't seem to stop people from doing it.



AI is needed to really make mnt go; yes, there is design engines, but not something conscious with scientific sence of what to research and how; in other words, the design engines are still paced by human speeds; it still would be unwise to even think about 'stealing a police car' figuratively speaking.

Your analyses or human psychology is correct . . . for some kids who have barelly taken their first few steps outside. Do you think artists/scientists would first think to start recking everything in sight if a magic genee came and asked them to do anything they wished?

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