In a message dated 4/4/2001 9:23:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< But the age of the Machine-entities swiftly passed. In their
ceaseless experimenting, they had learned to store knowledge in
the structure of space itself, and to preserve their thoughts
for eternity in frozen lattices of light."
-- Clarke's _2001_ (Chapter 37, "Experiment")
Now here is the crunch-point for all right-minded, red corpruscled,
Extropians. A Hyper-advanced SI may well achieve this, but what of the brass
ring? That is, what of the past? Can that be restored, rebooted, recovered,
what have you? One can hold on to the notion that what has been obliterated
is trivial, or one can conceive of the utility of trivial data being vital,
to the needs of a future,remote epoch. I hold with the second view.
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