Why Immortality is Already Within our Grasp and How we Could Achieve it
What if we are looking at immortality all wrong?
What if our ability to imagine forever is misconstrued by our perception of time? We experience things linearly using an arbitrary scale which focuses on the revolution of a planet circling a mass of gas, which informs our opinion of what it means to survive infinitely. Each part of that equation must be scaled linearly or extended in order for a new reality to materialise.
But what if we could alter the individual elements of those equations? What if it’s already here? What if it’s within our grasp and all that we require to access it is a neural net? A machine, neural interlinking which enables our experience to be shaped by the processing power afforded to us. Life could be extended by hundreds of thousands of years instantaneously upon connection. Our perception of time would be supplemented by a computers processing power where we can process as quickly as the transistors allow.
A minute in the analogue word is equal to 2 year for a computer
AI’s most simple concept is terrifying
If it *only* reaches the same level of intelligence as us, it’s ability to operate at a far higher speed means that in 6 months it would have effectively operated for our equivalent of 500,000 years.
What if instead of fearing AI, we could harvest it power to enable us to operate at a super human capacity? What if we could immerse ourselves in a world where processing occurs at such a higher level of frequency that we could live for 500,000 years in 6 months?
For comparison — it has taken us around 200,000 years to reach where we are now as a species
This would let us finish a 4 year degree in 2 minutes
What if there is a simple reason we haven’t discovered other forms of intelligent life out there? We evolve to a certain point, upload our minds to an electronic network and live out the rest of time on a computer service.
Immortality is achieved through innovation and digitisation where our desire to explore and discover is replaced by an individual power to create?
Instead of caring about what else is out there, we focus on creating what is in our minds and we open ourselves to the opportunity to shape a universe of world of our own creation.
This power replaces the human desire to create due to our ability to do so infinitely. Our digital world becomes the universe which we each preside over. Time becomes infinite and a race spends the rest of it’s days within the container of their choosing, controlling each and every element they experience.
Space might be the final frontier
But conquering time would be our greatest achievment
To conquer that would mean to conquer life and to control our destiny. To alter our ability to perceive time would be to alter the key pillars of life. Time is the thing that has helf us back. Our bodies are vehicles that expire. Our perception of time is controlled by our ability to process and react to the things we encounter which operate at a specific speed which we can analyse and understand.
To become infinite we need not only to be able to swallow the fire hose of information, we need to accelerate our processing ability to exponentially to slow down down quickly that information is thrust upon us.
If the water escape the hose can be slowed down sufficiently we can drink it at a leisurely pace.
And become immortal
Or this could all be a dream badly informed by my rediscovered love of science fiction
Either way I don’t care. It’s a fascinating intellectual construct.