[extropy-chat] Recipe for Destruction - just another "box".
Lifespan Pharma Inc.
megao at sasktel.net
Tue Oct 18 02:09:21 UTC 2005
Humans are an embarassment to themselves.
The sequestering and filtering of knowledge is the very process that
might derail the acceleration towards
This is much like the cold war where knowledge was held secret by each
side from the other
and a world of spies worked up a good business dealing in information.
In the end all the secrets could not be hidden.
Technology was the looser as knowledge was sequestered in a highly
regulated market rather than a free market for a decade or 2.
Since biology could well be one of the highest levels of computation,
how is one to know which pieces of knowledge should be forbidden to know.
Who is not to say that the same biology that is a part of biological
Weapons of Mass Destruction might not also
be the basis for some dramatic new life-extension technology like using
viral nano-materials to re-write living DNA like a laser writes a CD.
I find it silly that we should consider ourselves so wise as to know
what is and is not useful knowledge.
When in fact one or more AI are created, perhaps our legacy will be that
they will hide their technology from us
because they see us as unfit to know the"dangerous knowlege" they
possess, and simply tell us what they feel we
need to know to do spontaneously whatever the AI feels we should be doing.
Oh I supppose some weird holy luddite with wacks of cash and a death
wish for 50 virgins in an afterlife
might also have a PHD in biomolecular engineering, a world class R&D
program and a vision to kill all 6 billion with a killer plague...but
However history shows that what is expected is not so much to be feared
as some new paradigm that
no one ever expected to be dangerous. Who'd have expected planes flown
into buildings in 1998 ... we were all waiting
for a suitcase nuke. Who foresaw AIDS in 1982?
I'd more be expecting a terrorist to work on an innocuous vector with a
prion creation capacity.... So that one day after
several years of careful spread , an innocuous yogurt culture might lay
waste to every yogurt eater in the civilized world
and our wierd holy man might dance around his campfire secure in the
knowledge that no one in his little impoverished
country ever partook in such a thing, and that like an AIDS scenario
the disease would have spread into billions of hosts
long before anyone ever suspected it to be harmful.
I simply think transparency to be safer in the long run than secrecy.
In a nudist colony there is now where to hide an automatic rifle.
In a traditional convent, any nun can pack a 45.
I live in a field where the same cannabis that much feared drug is one
of the same class of chemistry as the latest HU210 which perhaps can
regenerate damaged brains.
Maybe I'm not taking this seriously, because like in a horror flick the
boogeyman can be literally anywhere.
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