Attitudes to life extension via genetic engineering

Anders Sandberg nv91-asa at black09.nada.kth.se
Wed Mar 1 09:25:36 EST 1995


Chris421 wrote:
>Hold on there.  The population trend (unbridled escalation) does put
>humanity in an awkward position.  But before anyone starts murdering
>billions consider this.  Instead of engineering a virus that fills the
>graveyards, how bout targeting the genital tract.  If such a facility
>exists where by Red Deathes can be conjured up in 30 minutes or less,
>surely it could spare a few extra computer cycles to produce a kinder,
>gentler strain to decimate humankind (or at least future HK).  A global
>sterilization...Imbued with a great freedom--an un-legacy if you will,
>allowing yet another bio-anomaly (that had it coming) to be swept up under
>the mat of evolution???  Err..maybe not, but imagine all the wondrous
>exercises in & of futility :)

This is called Green Goo (as compared to Grey Goo in nanotechnology).
There is a web page about it at ftp://ftp.netcom.com/pub/szabo/green.goo.html,
with some rather frightening quotes from some people who advocate its use. 

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