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Problems With von Neumann Replicators

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2012 14:29:57 +0100
Archived: Fri, 18 May 2012 11:19:23 -0400
Subject: Problems With von Neumann Replicators


Hello List,

Was re-reading Galactic North, the collection by author Alastair
Reynolds, which has quite a few variations on Kurtzweil's
singularity notion and so gives food for thought about our
future (and maybe a somewhat hidden present).

At first sight the 'replicators' concept seems doom-laden
because the release of von Neumann probes would inevitably lead
to an eventual proliferation of 'un-governed' replicators -
natural enemies of organic intelligences.

So, if we're not the first intelligence to evolve, why haven't
we already been wiped out by murderous advanced machines from
space? That's a question I woke up with - but then re-thought
some of Reynolds' more complex human-machine scenarios.

The creation and release of 'replicators' is an irresistible
temptation for greedy and impatient humans - so it's probably
been done. And the only realistic reason I can think of for us
not being under attack from ungoverned machines is that they
might see us as a resource.


Cheers

Ray D



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