Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Nifty Thought

"...suppose it had turned out that there was some technological technique that allowed you to make a nuclear weapon by baking sand in a microwave oven or something like that." - Nick Bostrom

Above: an Iranian enrichment facility.

[Added later, also funny: "You might think that an extinction occurring at the time of the heat death of the universe would be in some sense mature...I wouldn't count that as an existential catastrophe, rather it would be a kind of success scenario. ]

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