X-Message-Number: 13831
Date: Sat, 3 Jun 2000 10:22:56 -0400
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: re: vitrification + bacterial computers

Hi everyone!

Some comments:

1. It's very good that Alcor is thinking seriously about using vitrificati
1. It's very good that Alcor is thinking seriously about using vitrific-
   ation even before it's been proven to work. Independently I decided to
   write an editorial on just that subject for the upcoming PERIASTRON.

   However I personally would prefer that the price of such suspensions
   be worked out before it is given as simple the price of a whole body
   suspension. It may be more, it may be less, but identifying it with
   that of a whole body seems to me rather unthinking. Moreover, if we
   really want to talk about price, the whole slew of possibilities by
   which Alcor originally worked out its prices should be gone through

2. To Kennita Watson: I too do not subscribe to the New York Times in any
   form at all. However if you write me I can give you some other sources,
   and I also have been discussing this possibility in PERIASTRON. The
   1 January 2000 issue of PERIASTRON discusses DNA computers based on
   an article in NATURE. If your closest University does not subscribe
   to NATURE, it does not deserve to call itself a university. I will
   add that some good public libraries subscribe to NATURE also; and
   if you're willing to send $3.00 I can send you a copy of the issue
   of PERIASTRON which does this.

   Yes, I know that bacteria are not the same as DNA. But the basic 
   principle has got to be the same. And computers working this way may
   even show up all over; they have advantages which other forms of 
   parallel computer lack (individual processors are far smaller).

			Best and long long life to all,

				Thomas Donaldson

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