Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Fermi Paradox and Cosmic Brain Drain

If you will allow for the possibility of the following 3 things:
  1. that the most interesting people to have a conversation with in 100 years will probably host most of their cognition on digital platforms
  2. that quantum computers are making the first steps into observing and altering things in universes other than our own
  3. that the fundamental properties of some of those universes are more conducive to computation (and, as a consequence, more attractive to those interesting people) than our own
then it could be that the real answer to the Fermi Paradox is a sort of cosmic brain drain, where the most intelligent minds migrate away from our clumsy universe where computation can only happen by arranging molecules in a certain configuration and applying electrical charge in a specific way, to places where - who knows - the substrate of the universe itself could directly perform the computation you're trying to execute.

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