[extropy-chat] Nanoassembly Blueprints using Atomic Resolution MRI

A B austriaaugust at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 6 00:01:02 UTC 2007

Hi Robert,

I agree that this is a great and highly-leveraged
approach to help "deal" with dangers from
nanotechnology. Not to mention all the other benefits.
I'm really glad to see that Nanorex is making that
generous move. What do you think of the possibility of
including a side project that encourages the design of
dangerous products? Obviously not with the intent that
those designs will ever be used, but for the purpose
of encouraging the designing of a broad arsenal of
effective defenses. Or, do you believe this is a bad
idea that would probably lead to bad outcomes? One
argument that could be made in its defense is that
some jilted geek somewhere is almost certainly going
to be intentionally designing dangerous nano-things,
with or without an open-source project. The legitimate
side project might even fully satisfy their need to
tinker. Not that I dislike geeks in general - I love
geeks.     :-)

Best Wishes,

Jeffrey Herrlich

--- Robert Bradbury <robert.bradbury at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 4/4/07, A B <austriaaugust at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > At this point, all ideas will be helpful. Being a
> non-genius myself, I
> > don't really know how much I could usefully
> contribute, except in the form
> > of donations to SIAI and the like.
> Not being quite so pessimistic as Keith, the chapter
> I'm writing for
> Damien's forthcoming collection will I think include
> physical humans 100
> years from now (within an MBrain developed solar
> system).
> There may be multiple "perfect futures" [1].  I
> believe one requires a fast
> uplift of the physical condition of the majority of
> humanity.  That in turn
> requires a rapid distribution of open source
> nanotechnology.  If everyone
> *knows* in advance of the development of the first
> nanoassemblers that they
> will be able to share in the benefits of that there
> is less likely to be an
> "arms race" or a fight over the spoils, etc.
> Nanorex will be releasing its nanoengineer software
> sometime later this
> year.  Supporting the concept of a few prizes that
> would allow Nano at Home to
> develop in a robust fashion is an alternative to
> SIAI.  There are thousands
> of people aware of nanotechnology in India but they
> don't know how to
> approach it.  Combine cheap computers + software + a
> project framework +
> prizes and you have recipe for producing hundreds of
> nanoengineers and
> thousands of open source nanopart designs.
> For those who are not familiar with my perspectives
> regarding nanotechnology
> development I believe that a "dual" path is possible
> -- an open source,
> public path which gives everyone "volkswagons" and a
> closed source, VC
> financed, business path which gives those who really
> want them "mercedes".
> The difference between volkswagons and mercedes
> tends to be relatively
> subjective as both tend to get one from point A to
> point B.  Unlike historic
> development paths where one generally got the
> expensive cars before the
> cheap cars, if one has the designs in hand both may
> come out of the factory
> at the same time.
> Robert
> 1. Unlike Trance Gemini, my mind yields several,
> though at least for now we
> don't have the Magog to face.
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