[extropy-chat] The Drake Equation and Spatial Proximity
femmechakra at yahoo.ca
Tue Oct 24 02:49:53 UTC 2006
--- Brian Atkins <brian at posthuman.com> wrote:
>All it would take is one of them from one post-S civ
>designing and launching one self replicating probe
>that would then spread throughout all galaxies over
>time to survey systems and then introduce itself and
>its potentialities to the local intelligences.
A one in a million chance. That's quite a risk. Do
you think it's possible?
> Robert Bradbury wrote:
> > It has little to do with the P.D. It has much
> more to do with the fact
> > that
> > it is a waste of time and energy to attempt
> "talking" to a pre KT-I
> > civilization when you can wait 10-50 years and
> talk to something much more
> > "interesting".
> But that's not a very nice stance is it? During such
> a waiting period many many
> millions/billions of intelligences in that new civ
> will die.
> Just as there are folks around today who want to
> help out wild animals, I expect
> there would be folks in a many post-singularity civs
> who want to "save the
> sentients" from involuntary death and other
> indignities throughout the rest of
> the universe. All it would take is one of them from
> one post-S civ designing and
> launching one self replicating probe that would then
> spread throughout all
> galaxies over time to survey systems and then
> introduce itself and its
> potentialities to the local intelligences.
> Brian Atkins
> Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
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