Re: The Meaning That Immortality Gives to Life

From: CyTG (
Date: Tue Oct 16 2007 - 09:29:36 MDT

I think Larry hits it spot on here.

Even at a maintained state(ie. no decay) of the neural construct, a given
design can only hold so many patterns at a given resolution and thats just
fact. Living forever and thus still pouring continous new realtime data into
your brain will surely fade something else away.. you can of course
reinforce patterns of whats important to you, family, dog, whatever, but it
will always come at a cost.

Now, if you were to expand the capacity of the neural construct somehow, say
with cybernetics, i suppose theres a theoretical possibility we could be in
business, but there's so much uncharted terretory here. Non the less, this
perspective is the ONLY way i see AI to ever take off in a controlled way ..
fusion with man, until one day, man was no more, but something else.


On 10/15/07, Larry <> wrote:
> I agree. Not to mention its not that death is good, but that the knowledge
> of impermanence tends to lead to experiencing the moment rather than
> always worry about the future and past. Death is the biggest reminder
> of that, but so are fading childhood memories.
> Technology can't 'fix' impermanence. Death is a sudden big change, but
> even if sudden death goes away, we die bit by bit. Your memories of
> the 1990s would eventually fade to be no more than what you'd read in
> a history book. It would no longer be real to you, your 1990s self
> would be effectively dead.
> There are only so many bits available, to move time forward bits have to
> be recycled. Your either dead from being recycled, or even more dead
> should that recycling stop, like being frozen in deep space.
> On Mon, 15 Oct 2007, Joshua Fox wrote:
> > For many people, the thought is not so much "I prefer death over
> immortal
> > life," since they do not imagine that there is any practical possibility
> of
> > the latter, but rather "let's find whatever good aspects there are in
> this
> > completely inevitable and unpleasant thing."

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