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 Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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