Re: My Crazy Idea

Eugene Leitl (
Sun, 17 Aug 1997 08:18:46 +0200 (MET DST)

On Sat, 16 Aug 1997, John K Clark wrote:

> It is possible to pack an infinite number of 3 dimensional objects in a
> 9 dimensional space and have all the objects be arbitrarily close to each
> other, in fact just 4 dimensions would do. This means that an infinite number

Uh, "infinite number of objects" "arbitrarily close to each other"?

Is talking about such abstractions as packing of n-dimensional objects in
n+1 dimensional space for computational purposes at all meaningful?

I notice a tendency to tear off exploring wild possibilities on this list
recently. (Extro 3 talks risen to the head?).

This is only okay if we do not longer hold by the basic tenets of science.
Future may be wild, but when talking of astro- and spacetime engineering
we are clearly discussing Postsingularity events, which are by definition
unpredictable, i.e. a waste of time.

> of objects could communicate with each other in an arbitrarily short amount
> of time, even if the objects are not infinitely small and even if the signal
> only travels at the speed of light, or even less.