No joy for Joy in nanotech

No joy for Joy in nanotech

Bill Joy draws the line at working on nanotechnology, or submicron-level computer circuits.

The chief scientist and co-founder of Sun Microsystems Inc., a major contributor to Unix and co-author of Java, delivered his cautionary message this month before the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency at the Arlington, Va., headquarters of the National Science Foundation.

Joy stirred controversy earlier this year with a Wired magazine article in which he warned that computers, genetics and nanotechnology together could create intelligent, self-replicating robots that might outcompete humans. Joy suggested such developments pose a greater threat to the human race than nuclear weapons. He said he prefers to work on highly reliable systems that offer more promise and less risk.

'Patricia Daukantas, Tony Lee Orr, William Jackson and Susan M. Menke

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