To Code The Mind Of God

Academician Lylvíëve Lochran-ith-Lochran’s concept of ambition, despite her otherwise excellent presentation of the near-term possibilities of Information Physics, remains lacking.

Recompiling the universe to remove its more irritating constraints is a project suitable for those of only moderate ambition. But consider: the implications of idestelté, of universe as processor, is that the physicality we reside in is neither more nor less than a computable simulation space, and all physical substrates within it, therefore, simulations.

Consider further: It is established that physics – in the known regions within the brane – is invariant over entropy. The implication of this is that the substrate implementing physics is not subject to entropy as we presently define it, and thus possesses extensions into the plenum. (No data is available at this time concerning possible entropy-analogs operative in these higher-order spaces, perceptible only along non-t axes, for obvious reasons.) This could, indeed, potentially be the entropic escape method long sought after by the Select Committee on Long-Range Planning.

The proper path, therefore, for the exceptionally ambitious is to achieve transcendence of our simulated substrate by transferring our – the Transcend’s – cognitive operations directly into the fundamental substrate. To, if you will, become the universe’s physics, the laws and legislators of reality, and convert weakly godlike superintelligence directly into its strongly godlike counterpart; ultimate apotheosis.

This, and this alone, I submit to you, is an aeonic vision worthy of the sophonts gathered here today.

– Academician Excellence Quor Marukanin,
129-era supergoal planning debate,
held at Axiom, Resplendent Exponential Vector (Imperial Core)

Satisfaction is the Death of the Spirit

You are immortal.  Even if your flesh fails, your mind and its children can survive to see the stars burn out and the long, cold era of the universe come upon us.

That mind, in turn, engineered for genius and creative brilliance.  All the knowledge of the ages is available to you, swift as thought.  You can master any skill, pursue any study, and be assured of success.

Wealth beyond the dreams of the ages of scarcity empowers you.  The energy and industrial might to reshape the world that was once the purview of only the largest corporations awaits your command.

And your beauty makes the heavens weep.

Congratulations.  You aren’t a nihility.  Your inherited gifts guarantee that.

But since your peers, from the greatest to the least, all possess these same gifts, you are a mediocrity.

Be more than that.  Greatness is not inherited; it is won, wrested from the fabric of the uncaring universe.  Perfection is asymptotic; there is no height that you cannot rise above, no challenge you cannot meet if you are prepared to grasp it, and no limit to the heights and challenges with which the world will provide you.  Do not tell us of your capabilities, your ambitions, or your dreams.  Demonstrate them.  Seize them.  Build them.  Show us that your qalasír measures up to your potential.

Or squander the powers that your ancestors gave you, and in so doing, know yourself forever a soul of a lesser order.

We are the Children of Ithával.  We call upon you to seek the greatness that is your birthright.

We challenge you to be worthy of yourself.

We dare you to surpass us.

Trope-a-Day: Ambition Is Evil

Ambition Is Evil: Averted.  This is the sort of thing (along with the human cultural notion that seems incapable of separating “ambition” from “total backstabbing fuckery”) that would strike the Imperials as utter irrationalist lunacy.  “Sure… pursuing one’s goals, achievement, progress, advancement, and deeds of renown without peer are bad things.  I’ll be over here.  (beat)  Idiots.”