RE: salon scare article: nanobiotechnology shock level

From: Tennessee Leeuwenburg (
Date: Thu Mar 09 2006 - 16:32:52 MST

Too many superlatives. Not enough content. Smart people will disconnect
because it's egotistical narrative crap, and less smart people will
disconnect because it's geek egotistical narrative crap.

It is insufficient to be talking about something scary. One needs also
to be eloquent, otherwise the purpose is failed.


On Thu, 2006-03-09 at 18:13 -0500, pdugan wrote:
> Well, it does raise a good point that we aren't ready NOW, though the majority
> of its flare is just that, geared to make it a readable and interesting
> article. What the article doesn't take into account is the possibility of
> friendly AGI to mitigate nano, femto and planck tech, which would still end
> the human race in a sense, leading to a radical new wave of post-human
> existences, but humanity as a stasis will could still exist, that is human
> children could still be born and grow up and live as human adults for as long
> as we want.
> I think the biggest shock factor is the notion that humanity will no longer be
> the controlling party, not so much the complexity involved.
> Patrick
> >===== Original Message From Kevin Osborne <> =====
> >
> >
> >"Nanofabricated animats may be infinitessimally tiny, but their
> >electrons will be exactly the same size as ours -- and their effect on
> >human reality will be as immeasurable as the universe. Like an
> >inverted SETI program, humanity must now look inward, constantly
> >scanning technology space for animats, or their progenitors. The first
> >alien life may not come from the stars, but from ourselves."

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