Re: Time - Crunch or Stretch? (was Re: Big Bang is Bunk)

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sat Jul 28 2001 - 02:09:08 MDT

Zero Powers wrote:
> Not sure I follow. Are you saying that because we'll be able to
> think/compute much faster, that time will (or seem to) speed up? Wouldn't
> it be just the opposite?


> Why? Because meat-based things decompose with age?

Because evolution-based designs come with a warranty expiration date. It
has nothing to do with physical repair or the lack of it. Living past a
certain point will require software restructuring, not just medical
restructuring. The human software is not designed to accumulate
experience for a thousand years. This doesn't mean that immortality is
impossible. It means that in the course of growing up you need to change
cognitive architectures, whether suddenly or gradually.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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