The Golden Stirner
Image from Anders Sandberg

Intelligent SuperObjects (ISOs) come in many shapes and sizes, from structures as small as a large sea-going mammal (the Great Whale on Pacifica) to an object as large as a cluster-brain.

The design and creation of ISOs and their components is largely in the realm of the transapients or even the greater archailects, although many of the principles have been derived by modosophont thinkers for many millenia.

Typical modern designs require technologies comprehensible only to an S3 or higher, though other beings may play supporting roles in construction.

  • A-Brain, Asteroid Brain  - Text by Mike Miller
    Intelligent Superobjects constructed from asteroids.
  • B-Brain, Black Hole Brain  - Text by Adam Getchell
    A hypothetical mind based upon a computational substrate composed of the Cauchy horizon of a black hole.
  • Bekenstein Bound  - Text by Anders Sandberg in his Transhumanist Terminology
    The upper bound of the amount of information inside a spherical region with a given energy. Information in this context is to be understood as distinguishable (quantum) states. Due to the uncertainty relations it is possible to derive a bound of the form
  • Betelgeuse-brain  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A jupiter-brain so large that it has to be supported by its own radiation pressure to avoid collapsing.
  • Brain Taxonomy  - Text by Adam Getchell
    The various different kinds of intelligent megastructure, including Moonbrains, Jupiter-Brains, Neuron Stars, S-Brains, W-Brains, and Tipler Oracles.
  • Bremermann's Limit  - Text by Mike Parisi
    The maximum limit allowed for computation under the laws of physics.
  • Cluster Brain  - Text by John B
    High-level brain of Great Archailect level which consists of many star-brains and/orMatrioshka nodes linked together by wormholes within a single open cluster.
  • Derrida ISO  - Text by John B
    To prevent lag in computronium caused by upload overpopulation in an ISO, some few ISOs have taken to 'Derridaism', which is Named after the Old Earth French late Industrial Age philosopher Jacques Derrida. The basic concept is to take the population's personality types and break them down into their smallest cogent fractions - e.g., a love for baseball, a memory of breeze in your hair, etc. These fractions are then assigned a weight depending on how common they are across the population's experience base.
  • Eklund ISO - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Historical Keterist world, exploiting the tremendous computing resources of the ISO for historical simulations/recreations (often called retreations) based on all available evidence and the self-consistency of history. Beside the Institute of Long-Range Cliology it is also known for the the Resurrection Orbit, a corporate brotherhood specializing in resurrecting versions of historical persons from the Institute retreations.
  • Golden Stirner, The  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Keterist military-economical ISO.
  • Goldilocks ISO  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    The SZ Crateris A VII ISO "Goldilocks". The ISO is 150 kilometres across and consists of tangles of fullerite threads with superconductor cores and irregular diamondoid computational nodes.
  • Great Whale ISO, The  - Text by Anders Sandberg and M. Alan Kazlev
    Caretaker transapient of Pacifica and Beta Virginis.
  • Hermes ISO  - Text by Thorbørn Steen
    Peripatetic Moon-brain ISO.
  • ISO (Intelligent Super-Object)  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A large construct intended for the housing of an archailect or transapient or a high singularity culture or civilization. ISOs can be mobile or stationary, with sizes ranging from a few kilometers to Dyson spheres.
  • ISO YahWeh  - Text by Ben Higginbottom
    A former Solarian S1 theology instructor under the delusion that e is a figure from pre-singularity mythology.
  • Isotect - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Designer of ISOs. A notably posthuman profession which among subsingularity beings has the connotation of "something hyperturings do". A statement like "E's an isotect" implies that the referred being is doing something unknowable.
  • J-Brain, Jupiter Brain  - Text by Adam Getchell
    An archailect based upon a computational substrate comparable in mass and size to a gas giant planet.
  • M-Brain, Moon Brain  - Text by Adam Getchell
    An archailect based upon a computational substrate comparable in mass and size to a small moon or rocky core of a planet.
  • Matrioshka Brain  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Dyson-sized (or bigger) megastructure giving most efficient processing out-put for energy input; designed to maximize energy use and processing efficiency.
  • Matrioshka Hypernode  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Matrioshka node powered by starlifting.
  • Megastructure  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    An exceedingly large construct, typically measuring tens to thousands or even millions of kilometres along its greatest dimension. Megastructures may serve any of several puposes, not all of them mutually exclusive: archailect node, orbital for vec or biont habitation, computronium node for virch or ai life, large ISO, and work of art are some of the possibilities.
  • Neuron Star, N Brain  - Text by Damien Broderick, in Anders Sandberg's Transhuman Terminology
    A neutron star used for processing, as part of whole of an archailect-level mind. The exact nature of the processing substrate that is used in such a mind is not fully understood, and may use neutronium, quark matter or exotic matter in various ways.
  • W-Brain, Distributed Wormhole Brain  - Text by Adam Getchell with additions by Steve Bowers
    A form of distributed comptutational megastructure relying on wormholes for processing power.
  • World of Forking Paths, The   - Text by Mark Ryherd
    Gliese 33, supposedly the oldest continually inhabited paygeesu virch in the Terragen Sphere.
  • Wormhole Bus  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, with additions by Steve Bowers
    Dedicated hyperbandwidth wormhole used to link remote parts of megascale brains in order to avoid the effects of the Beckenstein Bound. An essential part of archailect architecture. The term is also used to refer to wormhole links between interstellar-separated dyson nodes.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev, modified by Stephen Inniss

Initially published on 31 December 2007.

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