RE: Why Would Aliens Hide?

Billy Brown (
Tue, 23 Nov 1999 17:37:27 -0600

Robert J. Bradbury wrote:
> It may be unclear to others the problem I'm trying to solve. Since
> Extro3, I've been wrestling with the sole question of:
> "What are the limits to longevity?"
> or, put another way (more related to the biology of aging):
> "How small can you make your hazard function?"
> or, perhaps in more economic terms:
> "When does the cost of reducing your hazard function exceed the
> benefit in increased longevity derived from such a reduction?"

OK, fair enough.

I think you've made some good points on this topic in the past. However, I don't think that you've shown that this is an issue that is likely to preoccupy an SI. After all, it seems quite plausible that an SI could be essentially immune to any sort of natural death (short of the end of the universe, at least). There are very few natural phenomena that injure such an entity, and I can't think of one that would not be easily predictable with a trivial expenditure of effort. What sorts of dangers do you see an SI being concerned about?

Billy Brown, MCSE+I