Re: Tipler's Conjectures

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Sat May 05 2001 - 03:11:48 MDT

On Fri, May 04, 2001 at 08:27:23PM -0700, Lee Corbin wrote:
> Anders Sandberg writes
> >It is actually worse than that. The horizons are going to creep inwards,
> >making the island smaller and smaller. Eventually everything gets
> >separated from everything else.
> Massive speedups of computing power will have the same effect, but
> need hardly wait millions of years to happen. Supposing, as seems
> extremely reasonable, that the speed of light is a constant, matter
> will begin to develop so quickly so locally that the horizons
> separate any two given nodes of sentience just as you suggest.

It is not the same, although it will definitely be irritating. The
horizon between the computronium here and there will be one of time
delay - essentially a question of economics. If you wanted to know what
the there computronium know, you just have to wait long enough. But in
the remote future, then you will *never* be able to hear what the remote
colonies know, *ever*. Their light will never reach you.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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