Essays on Infinite Lifespans
and more. If we create conscious machines, (which are what
we tend to think we are today), but of different structures
than those we know, then there is a real possibility of dissolv-
ing the ties to time that we are accustomed to experience.
CHOOSING YOUR OWN TIMECONSCIOUSNESS
When creating conscious machines, we would have the
freedom to design ourselves to have different timeconscious-
ness rates, and also variable timeconsciousness rates to suit
our needs. What will our needs be? In terms of travel, we
can envisage much: for space travel, slow down our time con-
sciousness, say by a factor of 10,000. Whats 10,000 years if
they pass like one year or even one month? And if you com-
bine this with relativistic Einsteinian time slowing, you have
some favorable space travel conditions. If you have millions of
years to live, timeconsiousness contraction does not matter;
there will be plenty of experience left. It will also be useful to
have contact with other forms of life, at least in our galaxy and
adjust your time-consciousness to other beings.
More likely, often, for other than space travel, we would
use the opposite, an expanding time consciousness, a speed-
ing-up adjustment using nanotechnology, or picotechnology;
thinking could be say 10,000 times faster than we are used to.
What would happen then? A year would last 10,000 years.
The seasons would not change for 2,500 years. The factor
of 10,000 is perhaps a somewhat extreme example here; you
could adjust your time consciousness rate as you wish, maybe
sometimes only double it or triple it, depending on the situa-
tion you are in.
Aging will be eliminated as we know it. Aging would turn
into a rather serious problem of memory accumulation how-
ever. All the matter in the universe is insufficient memory