[ExI] Gazzumping the Dead
thespike at satx.rr.com
Wed Nov 12 23:25:03 UTC 2008
At 10:41 PM 11/12/2008 +0000, BillK wrote:
>At present the baptism for the dead procedure is pretty labour intensive.
>Strikes me as an ideal application for some automation.
Of course my plan for converting the world optimally will use a
supercomputer, along the lines of Clarke's "The Nine Billion Names of
God". The consequence will be a faith arms race, where each mighty
machine Mooreslaws itself ahead of its predecessor, re-saving
everyone alive, dead and forthcoming according to its creedal
program. Luckily, the chances are that this will be supernaturally
ineffective until the arrival of the first true consciousness-grade
AI, but thereafter the race to Save Everyone will shakes the walls of
heaven--and earth, too, for we can expect a frightful devastation
when it's learned that Mohammed and the Ayatollahs have been baptised
by Mormons (rendering their fatwahs ineffective and indeed
retrospectively damning them as apostates in the eyes the Faithful),
then by Catholics, then cleared by Scientologists, and so on. But
hey--we have to baptise the village in order to save them.
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