[extropy-chat] Uses to which Space Could Be Put (was Space: The Final Constraint)
sjatkins at mac.com
Thu Jun 15 07:56:36 UTC 2006
On Jun 14, 2006, at 3:15 AM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 14, 2006 at 05:22:35AM +0100, Russell Wallace wrote:
>> For example, some people on this list have expressed a fairly gung-
>> ho desire
>> to ascend rapidly to superintelligence. I personally don't have an
>> exact or
> I have inasmuch a problem with that as a very rapid ascent could
> result in mass extinction of lesser players. Because of this it
> would be a good idea to initially put a dampener on the kinetics,
> until we
> figure out how to deal with the neo-Amish problem without breaking
> too much. I have no illusions that this is only postponing the
> problem, but this also limits the problem scope, if accompanied with
> incitements (more opportunities to hitch the ride). Ultimatively,
> even maintaining classical habitats might become economically
> nonsustainable. Ultimatively, computational substrate is also
> subject to evolutionary resource allocation.
I doubt that low tech VR space is going to be that non-sustainable.
Do you want a future where it is be competitive or die? Is that all
there is or ever can be?
> I don't think there is a real solution for this dilemma, but then,
> we're not nearly there yet.
Fortunately far brighter minds than ours currently are will have a go
at it with a bit of luck.
>> final answer to that, but I'm feeling inclined to stick closer to
>> the human
>> norm (albeit with uploading if and when that becomes available).
> Same thing here -- but consensus interaction rate will shift
> to the faster end, so bidirectional communication with anyone
> left behind will ultimatively cease.
What for? Let a slow subroutine handle it as it were.
>> As for what argument to give people who want to turn the Earth
>> into a nature
>> reserve once we no longer need it as a location for farms, mines and
>> factories: what I want is to not have to argue. The response I
>> want to be
>> able to give is: "Cool, have fun with that. I'm off to the
>> asteroid belt to
>> get some dead matter to turn into computronium. Bye."
> If this was a guaranteed reaction, and an irrreversible decision
> we wouldn't be talking about this right now.
To some extent we might be able to decide what direction to nudge
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