Re: Tipler's Conjectures

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Sat May 05 2001 - 20:02:46 MDT

On Sat, May 05, 2001 at 07:54:44AM -0400, wrote:
> I've only been skimming this thread and haven't thought deeply about the
> physics of "Tipler's Conjectures" since I read the book some years ago, but
> here's a question: Yes, it seems all the empirical evidence is mounting
> against a truly cosmic-scale implementation of Tipler's design for
> infinite/eternal computation, but could his design be implemented on a
> smaller scale? In other words, just because the cosmos in toto won't
> collapse, couldn't a local region be structured for asymetrical collapse to
> achieve the same result?

I think the jury is still out on that one. There are apparently some
strong theorems preventing intelligent life from shuffling a lot of mass
into a corner of the universe and then having that collapse in the right
way. But that doesn't mean other topologies are ruled out as possible
omega-spacetimes. For example, if baby universes can be generated and
they could be engineered to omega-collapse, then everything is fine.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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