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Singularity levels and their limitations
So, to continue this a bit further:

Speaking in more general terms we can consider the abilities of transapients in various ways. For example:

a) Transapient abilities that are essentially vastly expanded versions of modosophont (human level) abilities. Humans have 5 senses, four primary limbs, two hands, 10 fingers, and 10 toes. While most humans don't use their toes for much, there are multiple examples of people who have learned to do quite a lot with them. Also, a skilled musician (e.g., a pianist) can use most of their limbs to very good effect when playing. Most people can handle multiple sensory inputs simultaneously. Humans ca also 'multi-task' - rapidly switching their attention among multiple tasks or inputs, although with significantly reduced ability at any one of them. Now let us consider these factors in terms of transapients of different S-levels:

S1 = 15,600x human level brain processing

Simultaneous Sensory Inputs = 78,000 - note that, unlike a baseline human, a transapient does not have its senses 'baked in' and can actually have many times this number of input devices at its disposal, mentally switching between and among them at will. Sensory inputs can encompass everything from devices able to detect individual atoms to chemical sensors to orbiting satellites, to data streams coming from sensor platforms light-hours or even light-years away.

Max. Possible 'Limbs/Hands/Fingers/Toes' = 62,400/31,200/156,000/156,000 - note that a transapient's manipulators (like their senses) do not need to be physically attached or located in only one location.

Multi-tasking = like a human, transapients doing multiple things at once experience a reduction in capability at each given task. However, they can both sense this and adjust their attention (and capacity per task) at will. A transapient can (for example) perform one task with its full intelligence and attention or 15,600 tasks with no more than a baseline human level of intelligence and attention applied to each task. Or 156,000 tasks at 1/10 human intelligence and attention. Or 1000 tasks at a bit over 15x human level ability -etc. It can adjust the amount of attention and intelligence (generalized problem solving ability) that it devotes to any specific task at will.

S2 = 5.1 billion times the ability of a human level mind.

Simultaneous Sensory Inputs = 25.5 billion -

Max. Possible 'Limbs/Hands/Fingers/Toes' = 20.4 billion/10.2 billion/51 billion/51 billion - note that a transapient's manipulators (like their senses) do not need to be physically attached or located in only one location.

Multi-tasking = 5.1 billion tasks at human level intelligence and attention, etc.

S3 = 2.98e20 (or 2.98 + 18 zeros if you prefer) = 298 quintillion times the ability of a human level mind - with all the various senses, manipulators, and multi-tasking increased accordingly. To put this in perspective - an S3 could examine every square meter of a planet like the Earth (land and sea) and devote the equivalent of over half a million human level minds to each square meter if it felt so inclined.

As mentioned earlier, we haven't fully detailed things for S4 and higher minds, but we do have the following worked out:

S4 - a Jupiter Brain forms its central processor. It is 150,000km across and masses about 300x the entire planet Earth with some of its internal processing routed through comm-gauge wormholes to get them from one side to the other instantly. It's CPU consists of 3 Earth masses of 'plasma processors' - computer elements using magmatter and plasma to perform data processing faster than conventional matter could support without exploding since the energies involved are greater than those of the chemical bonds that hold matter together. It basically makes an S3 look like a bacterium in comparison.

S5 - Based on discussions earlier this year, we are looking at S5 having a 'central processing unit' equivalent to a star with 10x the mass of the sun. The entire star is engineered into plasma processors and runs much hotter than those used by an S4.

S6 - we haven't fully discussed what an S6's capacities might be.

b) Transapient abilities that may have some low level similarity to modosophont abilities, but actually operate so far beyond them as to be in a class by themselves.







Hope this helps,


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RE: Singularity levels and their limitations - by Drashner1 - 12-11-2016, 11:30 AM

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