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

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Tue Oct 18 06:55:16 UTC 2005

On Mon, Oct 17, 2005 at 06:36:20PM -0500, Brian Atkins wrote:
> There's some misreading of the intent here.
> Kurzweil is simply using the latest bird flu news and other flu news to 
> push into the national consciousness the idea that we need better 
> anti-virus (literally) tech.

No, he's trying to ban publishing of virus patterns. That this
will hamper development of antivirus tools never even enters his mind.
Medical R&D can't be based on a need to know publishing model.
> I don't see anyone here bitching about having access to antivirus software. 
> You _would_ be bitching if you didn't have any. Actually you might not be 
> able to bitch because your computer would be taken over.

I don't have any antivirus software. I don't expect any of my systems
to be taken over any time soon.
> That's what this is about - he's not pro-relinquishment, but rather wants 
> acceleration of defensive tech.
> It's basic risks management. Trying to throw into the mix all kinds of 
> government ranting is missing the point completely.

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