[ExI] Tabby's star

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Sat Dec 10 23:14:38 UTC 2016

On 10 December 2016 at 21:45, spike  wrote:
> BillK on the contrary sir.  Even after advanced nanotech, the new big
> challenge in life, artificial or otherwise, is heat management.  If you
> start to assume away the kinds of inefficiencies with which we are so
> familiar and do your calculations based on optimizing entropy reduction as a
> function of available energy and matter, huge makes sense.  Seen from that
> perspective, thermodynamics makes the silly perfectly logical and
> inevitable.

We have only had electronic computers for about 50 years and already
they are nearing the limits of that phase of computing technology. So
what comes after electronics in another 25 years?  And then in the
third generation in 12 years? (Remember exponential improvements?).
Heat management won't be nearly as big a problem as it is with our
primitive technology. Future technology won't involve silicon
processors glowing red-hot.

And that is only one technology. The whole world (and the whole
species) will be changing at the same time.

Star Trek has limited our vision of future possibilities. Our future
could be far, far greater than Star Trek.


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