[extropy-chat] Recipe for Destruction - Joy/Kurzweil NYTimes Op-Ed
sjatkins at mac.com
Tue Oct 18 04:33:57 UTC 2005
On Oct 17, 2005, at 6:06 PM, Brian Atkins wrote:
> The situation is very comparable to software antivirus.
> In an ideal world, Kurzweil wants sophisticated defensive anti-
> biowarfare/bioterror tech, and little to no government
> interference. The problem is, we aren't there yet with the technology.
> Hence the two pronged "figure out best way to slow the info getting
> into the wrong hands, while at the same time developing better
> defensive tech".
> Isn't this essentially the same as what goes on in software
> vulnerabilities today? Aside from "black hat" research, all other
> software security researchers generally keep their research
> unpublished until the vulnerabilities have been figured out and
Keeping them unpublished on closed source increases the amount of
damage before there is a "fix" and makes it difficult to verify the
fix. The closed source also makes proactive efforts unlikely. So
software is a poor example.
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