Deadly terrorist nerds are no joke, clearly. If the success of the insurgency in Iraq sets off a chain of copycat open source terrorist campaigns, we are all in trouble. But are the conditions in Iraq easily replicable elsewhere? Also, I don’t think we have to worry about nanobots yet. God knows I’ve tried to find decent nanotech stocks to buy, with zero success.
I wonder what the defence against this is, if it does take hold. Probably only the ability of the uniting ideas of the regime to maintain loyalty among the population. I guess that would be where Spinoza comes in.