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

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sat Jul 28 2001 - 18:50:16 MDT

Zero Powers wrote:
> Not so sure. It's hard to tell how the human mind would hold up after a
> couple thousand years seeing as how no one has yet made it to a couple
> hundred. Although senility and Alzheimers might tend to support your
> theory, seems to me the problem with old brains is physical wear and tear
> and degradation, rather than the running down of some amorphous biological
> clock. But, again, I'm no scientist.

The problems with current brains are due to physical wear and tear and the
running down of the biological clock. *If* you fix that, *then* after a
couple of centuries, you start running into the running down of the
amorphous informational clock which I am postulating. Now, this is
probably not any more difficult to fix - as a technical challenge - than
the biological clock. But it does need to be fixed before you can live

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

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