Re: The Singularity and the Impossible

Anders Sandberg (
Thu, 12 Dec 1996 09:55:29 +0100 (MET)

On Wed, 11 Dec 1996, Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote:

> > 1) Faster than light travel is impossible.
> Wrong.
> > 2) Faster than light signaling can not be done.
> Wrong.
> > 8) A Quantum Computer will not be made in the next 15 years.
> Just plain wrong. Why not?

How can you be so certain of this? How do you justify it?

> > 6) Picotechnology is impossible because structures would not be rigid.
> Wrong. Rigidity is the last refuge of the computationally
> disadvantaged.

What is needed is not rigidity, but structure. Proteins are very
non-rigid, but quite good at a lot of things, including simple
information processing (witness the ribosomes). In the pico-realm, things
get blurred due to quantum fuzziness, but structure may still be
possible. What is uncertain is if structure can actually be maintained
and used to do something useful.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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