Conscious Machines Will Fill The Universe

Posted 18 Nov 2005 at 17:11 UTC by steve Share This

In the Novemeber issue of ACM's Ubiquity, Subhash Kak of Louisiana State University asks if "humans will eventually create silicon machines with minds that will slowly spread all over the world, and the entire universe will eventually become a conscious machine?" Along the way he ponders whether consciousness is outside the pale of science altogether and whether the brain is an "ordinary" machine or a very special type of machine. He covers a lot of ground and a lot of theories of intelligence and consciousness. He notes in the end that "if machines with consciousness are created, they would be living machines, that is, variations on life forms as we know them."

Heat death, posted 18 Nov 2005 at 19:35 UTC by while_true » (Observer)

Talk of filling the universe reminds me of the end-game. Most agree that there is an unstoppable end to the universe, in the 'heat death'.

A continually expanding universe won't be slowed, and eventually all energy will be dissipated. Perhaps this can be solved with enough technology. Who knows...

Go out to all the world and Preach, posted 21 Nov 2005 at 16:09 UTC by cat » (Apprentice)

There are so many religions in the world and each say they have the one true God. What difference would one more or less religion matter? Why couldn't this be a religion? We are fulfilling out destiny

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