|New Civilization News: The Diamond Age|
49 comments1 May 2004 @ 00:31 by b : This is the most amazing stuff
Nanotechnology: the bin, assember and nano computer are here. Who knows what the government has been doing with this technology. Michael Crichton's "Prey" is an example of the creation of a nano swarm. This is the type of technology that could produce the replicators on Star Trek. Yes we will all have to adapt and safeguards must be built in that can not be altered. Robotics, genome therapy, bio manipulation can all be very dangerous without ethical systems part of the design. Isaac Asimov and the 3 laws of robotics. Nanotechnology, self replicating atomic machines. Can space ships to the stars be too far from view?
1 May 2004 @ 03:36 by ov : Stephenson's Book
Ming this is incredible, this book just came up in a discussion a few hours ago over on another site. We were talking abouting creating societies and subject of tribal scale came up. One person mentioned that a big part of The Diamond Age was the social structure made up of coalitions of tribes. I bought the book a month ago but hadn't started reading it yet, and then the high recommendation and tribal thing put it high on my priority list, and then you brought it up here in the blogs. All within a few hours.
1 May 2004 @ 08:04 by ming : Tribes
Synchronicities! Anyway, yes, it is an important element in Diamond Age that society consists of tribes. In part because you have the protection of your tribe. For the more powerful tribes in the form of swarms of nano-probes that would track lots of little details that might otherwise ruin your day. But also the tribes are collective choices of radically different life styles and story lines.
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