Benefits of space access (was Re: From the NSS LIST)

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Fri Aug 03 2001 - 13:27:26 MDT

Alex wrote:
> 3. When we stop expanding, we stagnate. No futher explanation should
> be necessary to this audience.

Ah, but must it be expansion in the *physical* reality?
If you think about the evolution of computer architectures
from CISC to RISC to Transmetas compilable hardware
there isn't any real physical expansion at all. There
is however a huge expansion of the idea space.

Going back to my quote from Eric -- if the way you can
organize a 1 nm cube of atoms is 10^148 then it is going
to take you a *very* long time to explore that simple
phase space -- nevermind the number of atoms in the
solar system. And in the phase space of computational
power, you don't want to get bigger, you want to get
smaller. You want to shrink -- not "expand".


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