[FoRK] Physical limit on total amount of computation vs. Bostrom...

Contempt for Meatheads jbone at place.org
Thu Apr 29 09:13:35 PDT 2004

Random speculation:

We're eventually going to unify whatever GUT / QG we arrive at with a 
similarly consolidated information theory / thermodynamics in such a 
way that the ultimate GUT describes reality purely in terms of a 
universal monotype:  information, informational structures / 
distribution / density, information dynamics, etc.  The result is 
roughly a reified computational hypothesis w/o (necessarily) any 
simulation interpretation being required.

When we reach that point we're going to find that the observed Hubble 
expansion isn't a global (universal) phenomena but a local one, a kind 
of local "collapse" dynamic as a function of increasing local 
information density.  I.e., information dynamics have a tangible and 
real effect on the structure of the universe at a local scale, in much 
the same way that the increasing mass density of a collapsing star 
impacts its local spacetime leading to black holes and associated event 
horizons.  The net effect is the same as described in the paper.

Another way to put it:  the galaxies aren't receding at a rate 
proportional to their distance;  rather localized concentrations of 
information (or informational derivatives --- call it local 
displacement of entropy) cause a collapse in the nearby fine structure 
of (what we perceive as) spacetime.  It's not the objects that are 
themselves moving against the warp-and-weave of spacetime, rather the 
warp-and-weave of spacetime is deforming, its grain and density 
becoming less regular in response to changes in the distribution of 
information and entropy.

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