Category Future

An Open Letter to the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Project

Dear SETIans! For quite a long time now, you and your predecessors at SETI have been trying to find a signal from an extraterrestrial civilization. So far, nothing has been found. It appears to me that there is a message in this fact. In a way, the universe has sent us a message and I […]

Being Strangeled by the Invisible Hand

In my previous posts I have explained the reasons why I think our civilization is going to collapse. In this post, I want to present a few considerations about how this is likely going to happen. I think the collapse will not happen suddenly. The reason for the collapse is that the resources of our […]

Civilizations

Civilizations have two important properties: they are dissipative systems, and they are creative systems. A dissipative system is a physical system that maintains its state by turning resources from a usable form into an unusable waste form. In terms of physics (specifically: thermodynamics) one can describe them as dynamic systems that produce entropy (i.e. they […]

Civilizations – Part 4

(continued…) The standard view on resources is to treat them as being external to the system. So we perceive the extension of the system of our civilization as growth. But while this system is growing, the resources are shrinking. If growth happens at a constant rate (measured in percent), it is actually exponential, so the […]

Redefining our Relationship with the Future – Part 2

Currently we are treating the future like colonizers of the 19th and early 20th century where treating their overseas colonies. On one hand, we are extracting resources from that “colonized future”, but on the other hand we are projecting some high tech dreams into it, pretending that economic growth can go on indefinitely. But just […]

Redefining our Relationship with the Future – Part 1

The suggestions I have been making on this blog might seem unfamiliar, so I want to explain some of the considerations behind them. In some states at least, human rights are implemented in terms of laws and institutions. Generally, the human-rights-situation is better in countries that have human rights codified into their constitutional and institutional […]

Building a Time Machine

In this article, I am explaining how to build a time machine that can be used to send raw materials into the future. How can this be done, and what would it be good for? As you will see, it is technically possible without breaking the laws of physics. And it could even be useful. […]