...why some would describe Radical Abundance as a whiny rehash, but I saw it more as an effort to strip away layers of misconceptions and politically-induced murkiness which have plagued the ideas and progress within 'nanotechnology' as a field of engineering vs science. It also makes it clear that the remaining stepping stones between us and APM are less a technical challenge than a problem of applying a concerted, focused systems engineering approach. Once this occurs, the progress towards advanced APM may come quite rapidly and may catch many off-guard, who assume that APM is just some fizzled-out, over-hyped concept.
Sounds like the Matrioshka Brain idea would be a definite violation of Liberty (Natural Law), unless everyone voluntarily chose to pursue it. APM, on the other hand, I believe can be compatible with and perhaps advantageous to Liberty -- but only if we get involved in the discussion early-on as to how it should be steered (or not steered) and harnessed. I have this sinking feeling that the authoritarian elite are miles ahead in planning how they will implement this and use it to bring yet more global controls.
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