Re: Why just simulation?

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sun Mar 18 2001 - 01:06:02 MST

Robin Hanson wrote:
> Mark Walker wrote:
> >... So, if posthumans decide to create us they could exercise two options.
> >The energy option, to the best of our knowledge, would be best realized by
> >running computer simulations of humans. The matter option might be
> >realized by populating the universe with a number of human colonies. ...
> >the matter option is less energy efficient ... (The answer to the Fermi
> >paradox is that you get removed from the nursery once you reach a certain
> >level of sophistication). ...
> This scenario requires at least this element of simulation: there
> must be a big "screen" around Earth or the solar system which
> shows what a universe would look like if it were not full of
> posthumans disassembling stars, etc. on a vast scale. Doing that
> well seems even harder than just running a simulation.

Who needs a big screen? Just directly influence the minds of all the
human critters. Shouldn't be that difficult.

- samantha

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