[FoRK] Re: Physical limit on total amount of computation vs.
Contempt for Meatheads
jbone at place.org
Thu Apr 29 09:27:57 PDT 2004
More random speculation:
(1) Assume that the gist of the paper is correct, that there is a
finite amount of computational capacity in some given volume of space
given even infinite time.
(2) Assume that an individual ("Bob") can be implemented in various
substrates, particularly biological ("in vivo") and artificial ("in
(3) Assume that the in vivo implementation is less computationally
efficient than the in simulo version. That is, it requires more
"computation" to achieve the same subjective experience for Bob in vivo
vs. in simulo.
(4) Assume that some civilization achieves the technological ability
to live in simulo.
(5) In the interest of maximizing the use of the available
computational capacity available to them, they move en masse to an
(6) Furthermore, they might be compelled to seek out and coerce other
civilizations in their neighborhood into doing the same thing.
If life itself (life ~= computation) is a finite and nonreplenishable
resource, then expect "berserkers." Even in the presence of ethics
that discourage killing you'll see forced uploads.
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