[unrev-II] The perils of high technology... (fwd)

From: Jon Winters (winters@obscurasite.com)
Date: Mon Mar 13 2000 - 07:58:04 PST

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    From: Jon Winters <winters@obscurasite.com>


    Found a story this morning on /. that is related to some of the things we
    have been talking about...

    Found this in my morning news sweep. I'm looking forward to reading his
    full 25 page article tomorrow. We covered the possibilities he mentions
    in the bootstrap class that I have been taking.


    Now is the time to consider all theese issues so we can prevent an
    accident in the future.

    A few suggestions that were made in our class were to make the self
    replicating machines in such a way that they can only replicate in certain
    controlled environments that do not exist in nature. (while being flooded
    by X-rays for example) If replicators get released into the wild they will
    die off in one generation.

    Mutants have me worried. Researchers are considering mutation and natural
    selection so that nano machines can evolve and self optimize. Care must
    be taken to prevent them from mutating the security measures mentioned

    I remember reading some stuff written by Tom Ray that talked about letting
    software mutate in the lab and then dis-abling its ability to reproduce
    when it is time to harvest the program and put it to use.

    Can the same concepts be applied to Nanotech?

    Jon Winters http://www.obscurasite.com/
    OpenVerse  http://www.openverse.org/

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