[extropy-chat] A sad day

kevinfreels.com kevin at kevinfreels.com
Tue Oct 11 00:34:01 UTC 2005

I have a vague memory of either reading an article or watching a television
program where the author was pitching the idea of using some kind of
lubricant to prevent the buildup of tension in the plates that cause
earthquakes. Instead you would just have the gradual moving of the plates
with more frequent tremors. I can't seem to find anything about it right
now. Does anyone recall reading or seeing sucha thing?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert J. Bradbury" <bradbury at aeiveos.com>
To: "Extropy Chat" <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
Sent: Monday, October 10, 2005 11:26 AM
Subject: [extropy-chat] A sad day

> This statement came across my desk today.  It is with regard to
> the Pakistan/India earthquake.  It made me cry.
> It is a direct quote from the NY Times.
> > Dr. Fara Shah, an ophthalmologist working a shift in the triage tent,
> > said, "Life and death is in your hands. Mostly it's death in your
> Earthquakes are one of the hardest extropic problems to solve.
> Katrina or Rita or Stan you can see coming.  Earthquakes you can't.
> It is possible to engineer people to be better able to withstand
> them -- but that requires that everyone install a nanotechnology
> based "vasculoid" system.  (Vasculoid is desirable because it
> significantly limits death due to 'crushing').  However that solution
> may be difficult because it is highly likely that many would prefer
> to remain more humanoid and less "cyborg".
> I know that Robert Freitas is working on a book chapter where
> he potentially is talking using nanotechnology to reduce our
> hazard function to enable ~10,000 year lifetimes.  But it starts
> getting very hard to go beyond that unless one starts discussing
> either stopping plate tectonics or removing every human from the
> planet.
> Robert
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