RE: Eclectic Pseudoplague

From: Smigrodzki, Rafal (
Date: Tue Jun 18 2002 - 12:20:11 MDT

Mitch Howe [] wrote:

This is merely another short argument for fostering a safe Singularity soon:
Nanotech poses an existential risk even without the creation of an
omnivorous "grey goo".


### A very good point. Old style advanced biotechnology could be just as bad
as nanotechnology. I discussed similar ideas (spores, delayed destruction,
multiple biological reservoirs) with Robert Bradbury on the Exilist some
time ago. I still think it will be at least ten years (barring an AI
singularity) for biotechnology to reach this level of sophistication, and
much longer for the terrorists to catch up but eventually your scenario
*will* become a grim menace, before the risk of purely nanotechnological
disasters becomes realistic.


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