[extropy-chat] Sasha is alive!

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Tue Jan 2 23:39:03 UTC 2007

On Jan 1, 2007, at 2:03 AM, Giu1i0 Pri5c0 wrote:

> Now this is a really interesting new thread for 2007!
> Of course I agree with Samantha that resurrecting the dead is not
> doable with any of the technologies we are even remotely able to
> imagine at this moment. The vast majority of the information is
> indeed, according to our current knowledge of physics, gone. But
> "there are more things in heaven and earth...".
> Regaining the information would not require time travel, but only the
> ability to retrieve information from the past, which is not the same
> thing. Information transfer from the past to the future does not
> create logical paradoxes.

How exactly would you retrieve this rather dense amount of information  
from the past without going back to when it was still coherently  

> And come to that, full time travel itself does not create logical
> paradoxes in the MWI.

This may not help you.  By MWI as I understand it your time travel  
would branch the universe or some subset thereof so you could not  
bring information back to the same branch you started from.

> If something is not against the fundamental laws of physics, sooner or
> later engineers will find a way to do it. So, having never met Sasha,
> I look forward to meeting him in a few thousands of years.

Even granting that we do not yet know the truly fundamental laws of  
physics it is not certain that engineers will find a way to do all  
things that are possible to the degree of actually making doing them  
practical or the results of doing them sufficiently good.  Not all  
things that can be done are worth the expense needed to do them or are  
seen as good or advantageous to do.   But that is another subject in  
this area.

- samantha

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