book review | Year Million: Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge

August 8, 2008

Source: Nature

year-millionIn Year Million: Science at the Far Edge of Knowledge (edited by Damien Broderick, Atlas, 2008), 15 futurists explore long-range posthuman extraterrestrial futures.

One thread in the book is launch of an expanding wavefront of intelligence, converting matter into nano-engineered computronium that is then assembled into M-brains. These then send out seeds that encode the ability to bootstrap new nano-manufacturing capacity on suitable worlds, where minds can take up residence, either downloaded from the seed or transmitted through the UniverseNet.

Full disclosure: Amara D. Angelica, editor, wrote the chapter, “Communicating with the Universe.”