Re: Setting the controls for the sun

Anders Sandberg (
Sun, 17 Aug 1997 01:26:24 +0200 (MET DST)

On Sat, 16 Aug 1997, Dan Clemmensen wrote:

> I suspect that the available mass in the solar system is a
> constraint on the near-term complexity of our sucessor
> civilization, whether that's us, as transhumans, or some
> integrated SI. The Sun, of course, constitures nearly all
> of the available mass.

Yes, this is true.

> I suspect that we can derive the greatest amount fo computational
> power per mass by converting as much mass as we can to neutonium.
> By the tine we know how to do that, we'll also know how to build
> nurtonium nanotech.

A caveat: at present we don't know if picotechnology is possible, it
may turn out that neutronium is simply too fuzzy to sustain
structure, although I have a gut feeling quark matter might be quite
good at it.

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