Re: When does it pay to play (lottery)?

Date: Wed Jan 26 2005 - 07:48:29 MST

> 1. Usually the lab begins using strong protocols _after_ the organism
> has already shown it is dangerous - but with an AGI this may be too late
> to wait before applying the strongest safety protocols. Bio labs have
> the luxury of fooling around with strange totally unknown things using
> low safety protocols initially, because if something does go wrong it
> won't be the end of the world. With an AGI, it's probably not as simple
> as quarantining a lab or small geographic area when something bad happens.

Actually, this is incorrect. Bio-safety protocols start out strongest with
new or untested organisms, and are reduced only after safety has been
confirmed. The same is true with new medicines, bio-engineered plants and
animals, and biological samples taken in the field. They are never assumed
to be safe until proven dangerous. They are always assumed to be dangerous
until proven safe.

Harvey Newstrom <>

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