[ExI] Meat v. Machine
eugen at leitl.org
Fri Dec 31 14:37:42 UTC 2010
On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 05:06:55AM -0800, Samantha Atkins wrote:
> > We're only trying to deliver a number of small parcels.
> > Each smaller than the one before.
> Not if you want to do any space or lunar processing
You need very little yeast to make a big vat of wine.
> and manufacturing or house any human crews at all.
Planes fly, pilots stay on the ground.
> > It doesn't matter if you lose some parcels.
> I don't understand what you are talking about.
You don't need to man-rate your lifters,
and no need for mourning ceremony if you
lose a few (but the flight people will mourn
> > Do you expect military ecovorous self-replicators
> > to be a serious problem, in that time frame?
> No. I expect us to suffer the Great Whimper,
That is a reasonable worry.
> or if we have a bit more gumption, throw the war
> or series of wars that wipes out our technological
I though we've been doing it for a while. None of
them serious, more skirmishes.
> basis sufficiently to doom the species in that timeframe
> UNLESS we find and do the necessary things in the
> next decade, two at the outside.
Prognosis is poor, as few see the writing on the
We might have bit more time than 10-20 years.
Probably less than 50, though.
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