Re: Evolution and "I"

Anders Sandberg (
Wed, 4 Sep 1996 11:41:00 +0200 (MET DST)

On Tue, 3 Sep 1996, Robin Hanson wrote:

> John K Clark writes:
> >Dyson showed that if the universe is open there would always be a time when
> >life could exist, but that's not immortality because it would not be possible
> >for the universe to perform an infinite number of calculations,
> Dyson showed that a computer could go through an infinite number of
> compute cycles starting with a finite energy store. But various such
> computers would find it increasingly expensive to communicate with
> each other, as the distance between them increased.

But the big question is if this prevents memory growth. Suppose I use a
fraction of my energy to produce positronium or something similar to
store my information in as I grow. Would the energy needed to communicate
with my remote memory banks become prohibitive? As I understand it, a
sufficiently slowly growing being would never have any problems with
redshifts *inside* itself.

And a sufficiently large being can contain other beings. While the
universe cools and slows down, we are partying inside a splendid
posthuman virtual universe with an unbounded future.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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