[ExI] Anders Sandberg

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Mon Jun 25 04:30:58 UTC 2018

I thought of Anders as the most interesting person on the Extropy
list.  Unfortunately, he left some times ago.  He still does
interesting stuff, I noticed this today


Eric Drexler is one of the co-authors.

"The researchers assigned each of the equation’s parameters a range
from the smallest to the largest values they could possibly have,
based on current knowledge. This revealed that in a third of the
cases, the galaxy would be absolutely devoid of intelligent life
anywhere else but Earth. In other scenarios, however, there could be a
large number of civilizations."

If civilizations are common and we don't see or hear from any of them,
that has dire implications for humanity's future.  But if they are
really uncommon, then our future is unknown and without precedent.
Which is a lot better than being doomed.

Best wishes,


PS, the actual paper is here:  https://arxiv.org/pdf/1806.02404.pdf

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