[extropy-chat] Recipe for Destruction - Joy/Kurzweil NYTimes Op-Ed

Samantha Atkins 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 unpublished until the vulnerabilities have been figured out and  
> patched.

Keeping them unpublished on closed source increases the amount of  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.

- samantha

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