Path to the end of the universe--->
To warn, this might be long... try to bere with me as I'm gonna mesh a couple of different things together.
If you take technological progress and extend it to the max. What's the ultimate technology/power?
Say we've got 200 more years of technological progress, continuing at the same rate that we have now, and even if it explodes exponentially, like the way Ray Kurzweil predicts in his law of accelerating returns... what would the end goal be?
I think alot of transhumanists are on the right track: The power to use every single quark/atom in the universe as a computational tool. The "universe brain". Whoops, i gave it away. Let me give a quick primer so I don't sound like a raving nutbag.
Strong AI: Artificial Intelligence that is smarter, and faster than a human, with exceptional reasoning skills. Now, computers are pretty dumb. But super fast.
If you've got a computer thats as smart as a human, it will be able to redesign itself-- because computers are designed by humans, no? It will also be able to refine itself... because humans refine computers and make them better.
Now, we throw the speed factor in: What took humans decades to do, our fancy pants smart computers do in fractions of a second/minutes/days.
These systems then reach out to make more powerful versions of themselves. But the best form of computing, which is still in its infancy is quantum computing, because instead of having 1 or 0 on a digital scale, we can have: 1,0, or 1 and 0 at the same time. We can use atomic states of atoms as computational devices.
So... our big smart computer gets bigger, bigger, and bigger, and eventually takes up every atom of the universe in a few thousand years.
Except for one thing---> we're gonna run out of energy. Entropy death! Sped up thanks to our super smart friends.
So, their solution: Recreate another Universe. And thus the cycle repeats itself.
What do you guys think?
I can't help but equate it to Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.