Re: The Singularity

Eugene Leitl (
Sun, 26 Jul 1998 19:17:20 +0400 (MSD)

Peter C. McCluskey writes:

> I think the limits that relativity indicates about the maximum speed
> at which intelligence can expand into the universe says something
> relevant.

Relativity is not a GUT/TOE (in fact we're certain of it), and, it _does_ seem to allow things like wormholes and causality violation. One of (alas, too many) interpretations of Fermi's paradoxon seems to be such expansion, whether relativistic or otherwise, simply does not occur.

> We can tell something about what will be valuable after the singularity
> by what the laws of physics constrain to be in finite supply (i.e. mass/
> energy).

Assuming, that during the Singularity no new physics will be discovered, which results in a technology not bottlenecked by such constraints, as spacetime engineering. (Damn unlikely, of course).

> As long as we can't know that the chances of our property rights being
> respected are zero, that tells us something important about how to
> maximise our chances of being wealthy in 2098.

Assuming we're all alive by then, of course. Technology growth seems to require a relatively narrow corridor for us to make it into 2098: too low, and we die of old age, too high, and we're wiped out by a Blight.