X-Message-Number: 21611
From: "Bryan Hall" <>
Subject: Re: Musings on the Singularity
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 00:36:41 -0700

>This process has been called the Singularity, and it will result in a
"humanity" that
>will, for all intents and purposes, have all the attributes of the
Divinity. The question
>that comes to mind is, why has it not happened already?

This is the Fermi Paradox.

Maybe uploaded minds will not expand forever into outer space, but rather go
into inner space. After nanotech will come femtotech and picotech... all the
way down to the hypothesized strings, allowing us to completely leaving
hyperspace as we know it. Perhaps we will upload ourselves into progresively
smaller substrates. There may be a extremely "strong" force or reason that
would account for 100% of all civilizations in our universe to "transcend"
in this way.

Seth Lloyd of MIT studied the properties of the "ultimate laptop," a
hypothetical device whose speed and memory would be limited solely by
physical laws:

-Bryan Hall

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