Last night’s post culminated in declaring that our ultimate human responsibility and kindness to the Universe is to help it transition into a functional self-aware entity. That’s a tiny itty bitty grandiose, but creating chip-based self-replicating thinking beings is simpler than creating organic life, although it does require high-level human technology to make it happen. We now have that technology. It was technically impossible to create these things fifty years ago and would have been near impossible ten years ago, but now it is bordering on feasible and probably doable in a decade or two.
The original project would require humans to make the technology to manufacture components of the tiny non-organic pieces needed by a larger component assembler using organic CRISPR. It might require the human manufacture of macroscopic robots, like those seen in human-scale automobile manufacturing, to assemble the components made by the modified cells created by CRISPR. It might require the largest and most sophisticated computers to foresee the needs and design these things in their original forms. But the idea is that once these things were in place the new being could make self-replicating computers.
It could make very tiny computers, ones that could communicate with others, and with the internet, and thus with all of the others of their community in the world. The individuals could observe where they resided, and the whole connected system could design modifications that would function better in that environment than these first visitors.
This new method of reproduction isn’t evolution. Evolution is based on mistakes in DNA replication that just happen to function better than the organism’s ancestors in a local environment. This new way is to have a linked supercomputer looking at a situation and running alternatives and then designing an optimized chip for functioning in that original reporter’s environment.
This method of creating these new chiplife forms would be very much faster than standard organic evolution. They wouldn’t have strange routines that are built into living forms like having the human trachea and esophagus overlap in a way that results in occasionally inhaling food into the lungs. These chiplife beings would be purpose-built and would avoid these kinds of problems. Thus, not only would it be quicker in performing almost any operation, but it would also be less prone to errors, which would further improve the functional speed for completing actions.
The driving idea is to create a sentient universe that will transcend humans and link them with other intelligent beings.