This blog has pursued various forms of trying to help humanity to self-actualize its potentials. The Life Haven Project was intended to save the human species, and The Earth Ark Project was aimed at saving the plant DNA and storing all possible data for a thousand years. The Life Haven Project had its simplest form as a retired cruse ship docked at Adams Island, south of New Zealand, where a hundred people would be safely isolated from humanity’s problems on a rotating basis. The Earth Ark Project is separate and would be located at the top of Argus Dome in Antarctica, at 14,000 feet altitude, where storage containers of seeds could be maintained at minus 55° F. without further human intervention.
Unfortunately neither of these projects has captured any public interest, and I have been moving on to considering creating a more permanent form of sentient life. Now is the time to seed the Universe, where the goal of us sentient human beings is to help the Universe evolve into the fully conscious super-being that I assert that it is capable of becoming. We are at the pivot point in the history of the Universe where humans create the future Artificial Intelligence (AI) that enables the Universe to become a unified self-conscious super-sentient being.
My current discussions have involved many people who assert that silicon life can never be sentient, and yet it is obvious that in the past one hundred years computers have come from an impossible dream of sentience to “OK Google” answering complex verbal questions as part of an ongoing conversation. “Oh, that’s just a parlor trick!” said one of my friends sarcastically. And, yet “Ok Google” can answer millions of direct questions better than he can. “It’s just data!” was the semi-hysterical moan. Perhaps, and yet what would you have expected from Earth’s earliest life form a hundred years after its first advent? It took some three billion years to come to our level of living intelligence, and now our infantile level computers are already self learning games, and already beating world champions at the most complex game there is, Go. What will three billion years of computer evolution bring into existence?
What is life? At its simplest, it’s 1) the ability to convert energy to action, 2) to survive and, 3) to reproduce some portion of itself. The first two of these are already existing, granted with the help of a major human chip-industry, but all it needs to take off is some form of reproduction, even of the tiniest parts, the silicon equivalent of proteins. It may be that a combination of Jennifer Doudna‘s CRISPR and Craig Venter‘s artificial life forms could create and modify a carbon living life form to create these parts of the silicon life forms. At some time in the future the advanced silicon life could do all of the needed assembly of its offspring, without the need of the computer industry, or the human-created biological factories.
What does it matter if it takes a billion years? As long as this new life form could do this before our sun goes supernova, and could spread itself out into the Universe it would be successful, and these beings would represent us to the ends of the Universe in the near infinity of time. Is that an interesting goal?
It is possible for us to boldly go where no man has gone before, with the help of our intelligent machines.