RE: How hard a Singularity?

From: James Higgins (
Date: Mon Jun 24 2002 - 15:55:42 MDT

At 12:47 AM 6/24/2002 -0600, Ben G wrote:

>As noted in an earlier thread, I consider it pretty likely that we're now
>living in some kind of intentionally-created computer simulation.
>But what does it matter, really? We perceive, live and act based on
>patterns we recognize, regardless of what kinds of "stuff" these patterns
>are emerging from...

I've thought about this myself. Personally, I believe it is completely
possible that we are presently in a computer generated reality. Based off
of some information I've heard it may even be likely. But I really hope it
is not because if that were the case developing a Singularity (or the ramp
just proceeding said) is likely to be a trigger condition that ends the
simulation. If for no other reason that it would be virtually impossible
to simulate that much computing power (which, of course, would likely
continue to increase rapidly). The only alternates are to slow the
simulation down to keep pace with available computing resources or to
promote the inhabitants into the simulating world. Well, unless the parent
world is capable of vastly more computing power due to different physics,
in which case we are likely just an experiment and may be considered

I don't like to think about these possibilities much...

James Higgins

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