Frank Tipler argues for the existence of a multiverse by expounding on the argument for local only - limited to light speed interactions - and the conclusion is then that Everett's multiverse is the only possible candidate for the true interpretation of quantum mechanics.
I show that observations of quantum nonlocality can be interpreted as purely local phenomena, provided one assumes that the cosmos is a multiverse. Conversely, the observation of quantum nonlocality can be interpreted as observation evidence for a multiverse cosmology, just as observation of the setting of the Sun can be interpreted as evidence for the Earth's rotation.
Frank Tipler appears to endorse a type of ultimate simulated reality scenario :shrug: ...the Omega Point Multiverse cosmology:
The universe has finite spatial size and the topology of a three-sphere;
There are no event horizons, implying the future c-boundary is a point, called the Omega Point;
Sentient life must eventually engulf the entire universe and control it;
The amount of information processed between now and the Omega Point is infinite;
The amount of information stored in the universe asymptotically goes to infinity as the Omega Point is approached.
Key to Tipler's exploration of the Omega Point is that the supposition of a closed universe evolving towards a future collapse. Within this universe, Tipler assumes a massive processing capability. As the universe becomes smaller, the processing capability becomes larger, due to the decreasing cost of communications as the systems shrink in size. At the same time, information from previously disconnected points in space becomes visible, giving the processors access to more and more information. Tipler's Omega Point occurs when the processing capability effectively becomes infinite, as the processors will be able to simulate every possible future before the universe ends - a state also known as "Aleph".
Within this environment, Tipler imagines that intelligent beings, human personalities, will be run as simulations within the system. As a result, after the Omega Point, humans will have omnipotence, able to see all of history and predict all of the future. Additionally, as all history becomes available, past personalities will be able to run as well. Within the simulation, this appears to be the dead rising. Tipler equates this state with the Christian heaven.
With the current advancement of technology and computing power it becomes possible to forecast the near future as one where humans increasingly become more and more cybernetically enhanced, until all biological life is replaced by machine infrastructure. Human minds would be computer programs running on universe simulations. Bacteria may find a way to survive ...I don't know.
At what point does a human become posthuman? Steven Pinker, a cognitive neuroscientist and author of How the Mind Works, poses the following hypothetical, which is an example of the Ship of Theseus paradox:
Surgeons replace one of your neurons with a microchip that duplicates its input-output functions. You feel and behave exactly as before. Then they replace a second one, and a third one, and so on, until more and more of your brain becomes silicon. Since each microchip does exactly what the neuron did, your behavior and memory never change. Do you even notice the difference? Does it feel like dying? Is some other conscious entity moving in with you?
The simulation hypothesis, Frank Tipler's Omega Point, the various trans-humanist movements and Ray Kurzweil's Singularity movement all seem to be implying that the age of biological life is coming to an end and that the age of machine rule has begun.
02-06-12, 07:27 AM
The problem with microchips replacing neurons is you are taking a digital device and attempting to replace an analogue system, this in turn means that "some" information will always be lost if following this 2D replication algorithm.
The only way a digital device could replicate analogue in it's entirety is by the very notion that analogue is in fact a microcosm of digital throughputs, with analogue being a Fuzzy logic matrix of all the composites viewed from a multi-world position.
There is however a set limitation to "Depth perception" which is down to the inverse square law, the reason for this is because of the Bekenstein Bound (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bekenstein_bound) being applied here to a limit on information at least in regards to to the limit that can be handled at a throughput capacity. So rather than having data hit a "Max" limit and then have the problems of having to identify what information should be dropped due to priority, it makes more sense to actually have the pipelining throttle using the inverse square law.
We'd never reach the Bound since we'd be obfuscated to it's limitation by an artificial horizon.
(Which incidentally might even relate to the current Higgs-Boson investigation, if a particle isn't found.)