"Bootstrap Bill" <wrcous...
@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> "Gordon D. Pusch" <g_d_pusch_remove_undersco...@xnet.com> wrote in message
> > Mr. Marlow's book and interviews _GROSSLY_ overstate the maximum
> > rate that rogue nanobots can replicate. Based on extremely general
> > principles, such as the conservation of energy and the limits of
> > energy vs. the characteristic energies of chemical bonds, Dr. Robert
> > has shown that the maximum possible "biomass to nanobot" conversion rate
> > self-replicating nanobots cannot possibly be greatly larger than that of
> > already-existing self-replicating organic lifeforms such as bacteria, so
> > that far from "destroy[ing] the planet in a matter of days," the
> > for complete "ecophagy" (conversion of the entire biosphere into
> > is in fact quite long --- on the order of _TWO YEARS_, not two days.
> I read somewhere that assemblers should be able to replicate themselves in
> about 20 minutes, and that given enough raw materials and energy they
> be able to fill the solar system in a matter of days.
There are bacteria that replicate themselves in much less then 20 minutes. I
do not see green goo over taking me as I type this. Besides a neutron bomb
or any other nuclear device would most like take them out, EMP is a great