[extropy-chat] Manifest Destiny for >H

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Sun Apr 15 05:18:07 UTC 2007

On 4/15/07, Lee Corbin <lcorbin at rawbw.com> wrote:
> Eugen writes (and has made this point before)
> > Diversification guarantees you some of the postbiota will be not
> > intelligent. By the bulk of the postbiomass most of it might be
> > arguably only slightly smarter than rocks, with a few gods sprinkled
> > in-between.
> Does anyone have a simple, convincing argument that supplies some
> reason that vastly transhuman engines won't absorb all resources
> within reach?  Even if *some* particular AI had a predilection not
> to expand its influence as far as it could, wouldn't it lose the
> evolutionary race to those who would?

This is true, but you could apply the argument to any agent: bacteria,
aliens, humans, nanomachines, black holes... ultimately, those entities
which grow, reproduce or consume will prevail. However, it might be aeons
before everything goes to hell, especially if we anticipate problems and try
to prevent or minimise them.

Stathis Papaioannou
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