Re: Ray Kurzweil & Empty Universe

From: James Higgins (
Date: Sat Mar 24 2001 - 10:35:28 MST

At 04:29 PM 3/24/2001 +0000, Dale Johnstone wrote:
>Spudboy wrote:
> >I have noticed after reading the precis' by Ray Kurzweil's "The Singularity
> >Is Near", that the end result has a feature similar to Frank Tipler's view
> >that the observable cosmos is likely, void of technological civilizations.
>I thought this was a rather dubious conclusion for him to make, and rather
>ironic considering he went to great lengths to illustrate just how
>advanced we will become. How would he, a pre-singularity creature, know
>what a post-singularity civilization looks like?

Plus, it takes light a very long time to reach us from most of the
universe. The development of other Powers could be, comparatively,
recent. Thus, even if they did perform mass stellar engineering we may not
see it for very many years, more years than we have remaining pre-SI.

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