"Robert J. Bradbury" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Depending on where you grow up and how old you are SIs will have
> different "comparative advantages". These will depend on such things as:
> (a) The size of your star [energy input]
> (b) How old your system is [the oldest systems generally have
> the lowest metal abundances == highest material costs]
> (c) How close you are to the galactic center (a high radiation
> environment); high radiation -> more radiation damage ->
> more investment in shielding or more energy devoted to
> reconstructing damaged nanoscale structures.
> (d) How long you have been "alive" (# billion years) and
> what your accumulated knowledge base is.
> (e) What your position is in the galactic communication net
> (think of the power held by a galactic "router").
These are mainly material comparative advantages. There may also be "cultural" or "mental" comparative advantages depending on the physical architecture of the SIs, their software architecture, personality, skills etc.
> Since, once you have computed your trajectories, safety margins, etc.
> you don't have to stay "on", other than for routine maintenance tasks,
> the SIs could go into "sleep" mode. The best thing we could come
> up with at the Foresight Group Genius Weekend is that these entities
> are generally doing "nothing", but have a "wake me up when something
> interesting happens" alarm. If most of them are asleep, detecting
> them is going to be a real nightmare due to the low heat production.
Hmm, I wonder about this. Seems rather pointless to be a supermind and spend most of the time doing nothing (unless you are really saying they go into an "introspective" mode and spend their time in Infinite Fun Space). I think there are many other things to trade, such as Moravec's suggestion that finding new heuristics for solving useful but hairy problems like bush-robot hand coordination could form the basis for a SI economy.
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