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- Posted: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:24:13 +0000
What is our goal in this "transcendence?" Personally I feel the biggest goal we have working towards a "Cloud" existence (or cloudsistance if you like XD) would be the elimination of the need for physical resources. An electric consciousness doesn't need air, water, shelter, food etc, etc of which there is a limited amount of.
Maybe not, but if it's going to be an active consciousness ie. one which processes incoming stimuli in real-time, then it is going to need electricity and cooling, which might not be trivial to obtain.
Or, on a more abstract level, cloud-people are going to need 'processor cycles' to live (as well as storage space). Maybe it seems like we have an abundant amount right now, but keep in mind the human brain produces about 10-100 trillion spikes per second. And those aren't a single floating-point operation, either. Can you imagine a dystopian future ~in the cloud~ where ineffective or wasteful people are relegated to backwater servers with laggy connections, slower processors, and faulty hard drives? D: What a world that would be.
But I have faith in Moore's law. As long as we keep our reproduction to a responsible rate, I think we'll be OK.
Obviously I don't believe any pioneering efforts towards an encoded virtual living space would yield any tremendous results. It would require years, (perhaps decades) of tweaking and attention to detail and code. A massive project, for all of the worlds greatest minds in collaboration to say the least.