Re: Meme trace: origin of "Jupiter-sized brains"?

Anders Sandberg (
14 Aug 1999 00:06:13 +0200

Anthony Garcia <agarcia@Starbase.NeoSoft.COM> writes:

> Question: where did the phrase "Jupiter-sized brain" arise? I recall
> first seeing it used by Perry Metzger. Does anyone have another
> pointer to it?

I think the origin traces back to Keith Henson's idea of converting the mass of Jupiter into computing resources to run versions of himself ("In the future, 9 out of 10 people will be Keith" :-). Later the Jupiter-brain idea has been discussed on and off in transhumanist circles.

I guess Stapledon was the first author to suggest a planet-sized mind, but then again, he was first with a lot of things.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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