Saturday, October 29, 2005

1918 Flu genome

Recipe for Destruction

I have to take issue with Kurzweil on this one, as a computer security person, I dislike the thought of "security through obscurity". While this can be a tool to keep information from bad people, you can't rely on it to do so, and IMO publishing this will allow more good scientists to be able to work on a cure or vaccine, so I think publishing the information does more good than harm in this case. With something like an atom bomb (a reference Ray uses to support his argument for not publishing this kind of data) there isn't much you can do to defend against the bomb by knowing how to build it, that is not the case with a virus.

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