[ExI] reconnect

hkhenson hkhenson at rogers.com
Sat Sep 8 06:07:59 UTC 2007

At 01:20 PM 9/7/2007, Eliezer wrote:
>hkhenson wrote:
> > Serious disk failure while in jail, trying to revive mail.
>I'm very glad to hear you're still alive.

You may not be when you find out how much I have changed.

The difference between the people on the inside of the cells and the 
guards is not worth talking about.  There are damn few of them, 
though not zero, on either side who you would want to have lunch 
with, though in my opinion more of them are locked up than are guards.

It was a humbling experience in another way.  I was not the only 
political prisoner in that jail and not even the worst case of injustice.

I figure the various levels of government in two states spent at 
least $70,000 to get me there and keep me locked up for the last four 
months.  For they got a method to make plutonium 239 that I had kept 
silent about for ten years released.  It should make a better grade 
(less Pu 240) than any a government made since the 1940s.

And more fun yet, I am making public a method to reduce the cost and 
difficulty of using this stuff to the point a well funded street gang 
could make their own.  It's simple, put a pit with a sphere of 
uniform explosive around it at once foci of an ellipsoidal reflector 
and a few pound of flash powder at the other.  (String them on 
monofilament nylon to keep them in the right places.)  Pop the flash 
and the light will detonate the entire surface all at once at the 
other foci.  The makers avoid all the complicated electronics, 
krytrons, and hydrocode design problems.

Figured this one out while locked in a shower by the guards for over an hour.

Was working on a way (space elevators) to get the world out of bleak 
future mode, but probably will not go back to working on that.  The 
other way to deal with the world's problems is gigadeath.  Not going 
to oppose that, writing a novel instead where the president makes a 
decision so awful that he takes a drug to wipe out his last 12 hours 
of memory.  Kind of ultimate denial.

If someone wants to create an unfriendly AI, that's ok too.  The vast 
majority of people are not worth saving.

Keith Henson 

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