Re: poly: Re: the destruction problem (was: singleton)

From: Perry E. Metzger <>
Date: Mon May 04 1998 - 07:26:02 PDT

Anders Sandberg writes:
> The Teller-Ulam mechanism would work on a terrestrial planet, but at
> the present technological level it doesn't seem likely that anybody
> could implement it without everybody else taking notice and preventing
> it. Even with advanced nanotech it would be noticeable that somebody
> is stockpiling deuterium,

How, exactly, would anyone notice the stockpiling of deuterium? It is
slightly present even in ordinary water, and given that it is twice as
heavy as hydrogen it is actually reasonably easy to separate.

I'm not necessarily claiming it is likely anyone will blow up the
planet, however.

Received on Mon May 4 14:28:02 1998

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