OK, let's make a few assumptions. Assume, for a start, that all the information in your brain is necessary to resurrect you, down to the quantum level. And that this is incompressible - that even computronium requires as much mass/energy as is contained in your brain in order to perfectly simulate it. But assume also that an FAI can convert matter/energy into computronium.

By the Bekenstein Bound, the absolute maximum number of brain states that could be possible is 10^(7.79640 10^41) , which we can approximate as 10^10^41. Note this is a SERIOUSLY HIGH e... (read more)

Could/would an FAI recreate people who are information-theoretically dead by modern standards?

by AlexMennen 1 min read22nd Jan 201145 comments


If someone gets cremated or buried long enough for eir brain to fully decompose into dirt, it becomes extremely difficult to revive em. Nothing short of a vastly superhuman intelligence would have a chance of doing it. I suspect that it would be possible for a superintelligence to do it, but unless there's a more efficient way to do it, it would require recomputing the Earth's history from the time the AGI is activated back to the death of the last person it intends to save. Not only does this require immense computational resources that could be used to the benefit of people who are still alive, it also requires simulating people experiencing pain (backwards). On the other hand, this saves people's lives. Does anyone have any compelling arguments on why an FAI would or would not recreate me if I die, decompose, and then the singularity occurs a long time after my death?

Why do I want to know? Well, aside from the question being interesting in its own right, it is an important factor in deciding whether or not cryonics is worth-while.