Re: Supporting civilization

From: Russell Wallace (
Date: Tue Jan 17 2006 - 10:26:47 MST

On 1/17/06, Keith Henson <> wrote:
> That might be if we have serious self replicating nanotechnology. The
> current infrastructure would not provide support following 99% of the
> population vanishing. There was an SF story that had the electrical power
> grid staying up for weeks after a near total die off in a biowar. That
> just isn't in the cards unless it is being operated (and repaired!) by at
> least human level AIs (or humans).

I'm curious, how long would the power stay on if everyone disappeared?

- Russell

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