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34 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 19 June 2008 10:00AM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 19 June 2008 11:35:53AM 6 points [-]

Ben Jones: One-off.

Vladimir, that's a good question, and while it doesn't have a simple answer, I'd say that both LA-602 and the RHIC issue were over the threshold that should trigger a careful analysis "just to be sure". Not prohibition, analysis. Alas, in our society, that analysis generally gets used by technophobes as a stalking-horse for prohibition, which makes people reluctant to analyze unless the danger is clear without analysis.