It was fascinating to see Frank Tipler @TEDxBrussels this week. Together with Ray Kurzweil, he fries my brain occasionally when I try to understand his writings ;-). Tipler is big on what he calls the ‘ultimate future of the universe’ . He combines his ideas on the ‘anthropic principle’ with “The Omega Point” thinking of the French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and the Singularitry of Kurzweil. In a nutshell the universe is evolving towards a state of maximum organized complexity (complexity combined with centricity)… this has a fundamental impact on all matters of existence, matter, intelligence and space.
Kurzweil, de Chardin and Tipler combined give a fascinating thinking frame where intelligent life is moving fast towards pure computational power. That power would be so fast that in running all possible equations of our civilization, current past and future, it would make time and space irrelevant. (quantum technology, anyone? :-)). Something that would be pretty close to immortality, and absolute power. The ‘omega point’… 🙂
Hearing Tipler condense his lifework in 18 minutes was a bit absurd, but impressive. He states: ‘Intelligent information-processing must come into existence in the Universe, and, once it comes into existence, it will never die out.’
I’m counting on it 😉