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June 6th, 2004

Joy and Worry

Abstract:
Bill Joy was interviewed recently by the New York Times about the risk of plagues started either by carelessness (such as the recent SARS outbreak from a Chinese lab) or by malice (he suggests that plague and flu genomes should not be publicized). He's also worried about 'gray goo', the possibility of small, self-contained, foraging, free-floating molecular manufacturing robots that could in theory eat the biosphere. CRN shares some of Joy's concerns, but we respectfully disagree with his focus on runaway nanotech replicators.

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