Re: SPACE: Uploads in space?

Anders Sandberg (
Sat, 4 Jan 1997 18:13:02 +0100 (MET)

On Sat, 4 Jan 1997 wrote:

> What exactly is "profit" to an upload, (if you mean the kind of transhuman
> upload I am thinking)?.
> Why would an upload feel the need to colonize and explore outerspace? Or any
> physical space for that matter? Or am I missing some major facet of this....

Well, I would at least send out one copy of myself to catch an
carbonaceous asteroid or so and convert it to nanocomputers, solar panels
and antenna arrays - real estate development; either I get a playground
for my experiments in turning into an asteroid brain, or I sell
processing power to finance my more far out projects, such as the
conversion of asteroids into interstellar crafts or experimenting with

Just because the physical world suffers from competition from virtual
worlds doesn't mean it is uninteresting. Sometimes it is cruicial, for
example by providing the physical basis for the virtual worlds, sometimes
it is a source of new complexity ("nobody in virtual reality had ever
expected what lived on X-15...") and sometimes as security.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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