Re: Constraints of the Singularity
Mon, 20 Oct 1997 17:43:49 -0400 (EDT)


ive been sending this post a few times and it never came back to me, but
things are finally coming along, so here it is again.

<< > This is an important point that seems to be often ignored in discussions
> of the "singularity".  While a simple interpolation and future
> projection of (for example) available computing power may show a
> vertical asymptote, the underlying equations that govern the rise of
> computing power are subject to constraints that may result in a
> flattening of the curve.

But then again, maybe that may show exponential growth as well, which would
add an exponential curve on top of the exponential curve already in place,
making faster computing power more advanced in a much shorter time than we
expected! Like with using alternative computing resources such as using
brain cells to hold storage (hold storage or compute?), actually evolving our
computers into the bio-spectrum.

anders writes:
>unknowable future beings is not
>a good way of doing projections (except by me, since I'm guided by
>the Omega Point reaching back in time. See what I mean?)

Im with you, but unknowable future beings are whats going to create our
future, so we are really limited if we dont make some predictions, or
extrapolations. I think you would be interested in Terrence McKenna's
Timewave Theory, where he has a map of time and explains that all of history
is an ingression of exponential novelty towards a point, and that point has
repercussions back in time. His proposed end date: dec 21, 2012. That is
the same end date as the Mayan calendar, and he says that he came to the end
date without the knowledge of the mayan end date, that must have been a shock
for hime to discover that Mayan information. The Mayans were great
astromers, who knew that the earth was round long before anyone
else did, and lots of other stuff. Check out TM's homepage on the web:

Here's one of my favorite things he proposes:

All of matter is composed of one electron moving back and forth in time from
the beginning of time (big bang) to the end of time (2012 zero date). but im
not sure how he takes into account the positrons, perhaps they are the
electrons moving back in time, or rather THE electron. I wonder what
determines where in the universe the electron manifests itself after each
round it makes. Any thoughts? Also, are electrons the same as the subatomic
elements of neutrons and protons? If not, what are the similarities and