This is the key question that has vexed proponents and opponents of nanotechnology long before it existed, as it does now, as a mature engineering science.
At the Choo Institute, we believe the question itself is flawed: existing Governmental and commercial power structures can never control nanotechnology.
Instead, the Choo Institute believes that the responsibility for the exercise of nanotechnology fabrication rights should be devolved to populations of new social groups, that we call Lifeswork.
Let's consider the following cognitive scenario.
Imagine the Lifeswork as a social group or category, with a Constitution. A Lifeswork may cut across boundaries of ethnicity, language, intelligence, faith, location and age, or be limited to just one tiny component of any of these.
An individual person can create their own Lifeswork if they so choose, by simply asking (via their own existing Lifeswork) every other Lifeswork if they can do so (communication is pervasive and virtually instantaneous).
In Lifeswork society there is beauty and there is thrusting creative development in every area of human endeavour.
But there are no nation states, corporations or governments.
Or rather, there are uncountable Governments. Because every Lifeswork is itself a Government, communicating and interacting with trillions of other Lifeswork Governments via Constitutions.
In this extrapolation human beings live in a truly universal economy, where they can elect to "live" within the Constitution of any given Lifeswork, irrespective of geography.
Global personal utility is a way of quantifying the volume - in an abstract requirements space - necessary and sufficient for an individual to live fully in a Diamond Age economy. GPU is conerned with (inalienable access to) a certain guaranteed minimum provision of freely and always available empowerment resources, or Roogle (short for "requirements Google"). This minimum requirement includes at a high conceptual level space time, matter and energy, which can then (at a lower conceptual level) be more easily understood as clothing, transport, communications, food, water, legal services, etc etc.
How can you create a Roogle? How do you create ten billion Roogle? How is their order and not chaos in this society?
Every individual in this envisaged society has their Roogle of Universal Rights. But it is only by being a member of a certain Lifeswork that that individual has FR - Fabricator Rights. The only real law of this projected society is that it is only one or more Lifeswork that can bid for Fabricator Rights. Not individuals. Only Governments, i.e. Lifesworks bound by a Constitution.
Each Lifeswork group bids for Fabricator Rights from all other Lifeswork by constantly polling all other Lifeswork at the same time. It is like a global market, except it crosses millions of miles - an almost instantaneous communication of need or surplus met with a collective response, to which the Lifeswork group itself contributes to.
This Lifeswork communication can be largely unconscious for an individual member of Lifeswork, or it can be fully immersive, as each individual brain is engineered - post-Dawkins but still organic (of course, given the Antinomy of the Liar) - so that it has a tap from the pool of their own phenomenology to the wider Lifeswork network.
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