[ExI] Extrope Robert Bradbury Has Died
anders at aleph.se
Thu Mar 3 12:04:36 UTC 2011
This is very sad news.
I remember meeting Robert at the Extro 3 conference 1997. It was my
first international conference ever, and I was in awe of all the other
speakers. But the talk I always remember when I think about it was
Robert's talk. It was the last talk of the last day (not a good slot).
In the banquet hall next door a very kitschy wedding dinner was talking
place, complete with a hockey organ (!) that penetrated through the
wall. Max was tring to keep them quiet, but our time was running out.
Robert's talk started out slowly, discussing nanotechnology and what
capabilities it might achieve. He then started applying those to
computer speeds. To uploading. To space access. To constructing smart
constellations of solar powered satelites and servers. To constructing
Dyson clouds around the sun. To dismantle planets to build true Dyson
swarms. As the talk progressed things accelerated: time was running out,
the new ideas came at a faster pace, the fanfares and crescendos from
the wedding party came more and more often, the possibilities grew
steadily more wild and amazing. It was a brilliant talk. It was like
experiencing the singularity.
Afterwards we hung around for an excited discussion about everything,
extending the ideas and analysing their implications, until we were
finally shooed away by the wedding guests.
That is my memory of Robert.
Future of Humanity Institute
James Martin 21st Century School
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