[extropy-chat] A new black market in Information?

Lifespan Pharma Inc. megao at sasktel.net
Tue Oct 18 19:03:05 UTC 2005

Brian Atkins wrote:

> Russell Wallace wrote:
>> I'm not proposing that it be buried in a secret government warehouse 
>> and never see the light of day, just that some sort of control be 
>> exercised over who gets hold of it. Look, biochemistry isn't 
>> software, we're not going to see a cure for influenza created by a 15 
>> year old in his bedroom. 
> And yet, in the 1960s computers were expensive enough and limited to 
> organizations so that a 15 year old couldn't do anything with them.
> Recall that Kurzweil is coming from an expected milieu where he 
> assumes biotech gear will continue to drop in price and increase in 
> performance.
> Think not of 15 year olds today, but in 2015. 2020.

The 15 year old with nootropically,  nutrigenomically,  epigenetically 
enhanced cognition, seamlessly wired into the net/grid and able to 
interact in virtual clusters with other like-minded persons.

Is not simple tracking of data use and content enough.
Anyone with the capacity to over-ride the access issue will get the 
information anyway, like all other illegal  things there will be new 
black market created, in "forbidden knowledge".
Like many other things the locks are only good against honest people.

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