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Application of Asilomar Guidelines to Self-Replicating Machines
5th Terasem Workshop
on Geoethical Nanotechnology
2009 July 20th
Terasem Island, Second Life
If Nature Couldn’t Do Without Self-Replication, It Is Likely That Our Efforts to Extend Nature Will Not Succeed Without Self-Replicating Technology
500 Million People Killed By Smallpox
HIV Killes 250,000
“However, a determined and sophisticated group of terrorists or "non state entities" could potentially, with considerable difficulty, specifically engineer systems to become autonomous replicators able to proliferate in the natural environment, either as a nuisance, a specifically targeted weapon, or in the worst case, a weapon of mass destruction.”
v. BOLUS INJECTION(S)
When ALCOR RevivesIts Patients…
Can Trillions of Injected Nanobots Handle It, Or Will They Need Replicate?
BUILD & THEY’LL COME
BUILD A COPY. REPEAT.
FIND A GOOD PLANET
Bacteriophage T4 infecting an e. coli host
Unless the organism made a dangerous product, recombinant DNAs from cold-blooded vertebrates and all other lower eukaryotes could be constructed and propagated with the safest vector-host system available in low risk containment facilities.
My concept of such a probe is that it would go to another star system, neighboring the original one. It would use the asteroidal material available there. In a period of a few years, it would replicate itself. It would then leave one of itself at that star and move off to the next star and so on. As it went, it would establish two-way communication, point-to-point, not a broadcast at all, but from one of these replicator probes to the next. You can work out the numbers, and it turns out that by any reasonable standards such a probe system could cover essentially every star in the galaxy within a time of no more than half a million years.