--------------------------------------------------------------------- Read Drexler (Textbook) Chapter 11: "Engines of Destruction " and answer the following questions. Due June 28 (Tuesday), 2005
Notation: <123> means page 123. thinking means you need to do some, but not a lot of, thinking.
1. What particularly two items in nanotechnology that pose as a threat?<171> 2. What is the "grey goo problem" ? 3. Which segment of society will carry out the "dreaded" research no matter what ? <173> Namely, this segment will always appropriate technology for waging its mission. 4. What are the "programmable germs"? <174> 5. What is the concept of "design-ahead"? Is it a branch of AI? What is AI? <174> 7. What kinds of states are there and what do they excel in doing? <175> 8. When states are at war, they use their citizens as (1)_______, (2)_______, and (3)______<175> 9. To Drexler, the State is a quasi_______. <175> 10. In Gestalt psychology, the sum is more than its parts. Does this describe the State? <175> The State is the sum of men, but it is man-devouring, why? What is at heart of this alienation by the State? Can you put your finger on it? (thinking). 11. To make technologies safe, what does Drexler propose to do? First step, is to make "machines" reliable. How does he propose to do it? <177> 12. Which computer Inc makes products with the principle of redundancy? <178> 13. How does nanotechnology help redundancy? <178> 14. How does the scientific community behave according to MIT's Kornfeld and Hewitt? <181> 15. What is the Agora system? <181> 16. What did Dr. Lenat develop? <183> 17. By what name does Drexler call the manufacturers of the assemblers? <182> 18. How many steps did Drexler propose to limit the damages that the assemblers can create out of their own original environment? <184-187> 19. What is an "active shield"? <187> 20. What are the chances of success using Drexler's defenses against possible abuses of nanotehnology? (thinking) What is your own thinking about technology as a whole? Just look at history: automobiles, atomic bombs, penicillin, modern medicine, computers... Are they "bad", or are they "good"? (thinking) ---------------------------------------------------------------------