[ExI] physics question

Dave Sill sparge at gmail.com
Tue Aug 21 17:09:59 UTC 2018

On Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 11:31 AM Jason Resch <jasonresch at gmail.com> wrote:

> This does not eliminate the MTTF of the system, but can serve to make it
> arbitrarily large, and using erasure codes this can be done with minimal
> overhead.  The consequence of this, for transhumanists, or any entity for
> that matter, is that life expectancy will be given by the MTTDL (mean time
> to data loss) of the underlying storage mechanism responsible for storing
> the bits that make up the mind.

Yes, you also need redundancy at higher levels than "the system": you need
backups; preferably several of them, widely separated physically,
politically, economically, etc., in order to protect against not just
equipment failures but natural disasters, political and economic failures,
and deliberate malicious attacks.

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