The ultimate future - Of the Universe, of Computers, and of Humanity

 

The ultimate future - Of the Universe, of Computers, and of Humanity

Frank J. Tipler (Tulane University)

Abstract:

 

I show that the laws of physics — specifically, (1) quantum mechanics, (2) general relativity, and (3) the Standard Model — require that life expand out from the very few planets on which it first evolves to engulf the entire universe.    These same 3 laws will require life to guide the evolution of the universe into a very special form of end state, a final singularity that is a single point in the Penrose c-boundary topology. I term this state “the Omega Point.” I show that necessarily the computer capacity available to life in the universe will increase without limit as the Omega Point is approached, so that humans, downloaded into these computers, will be able to have an infinite number of remembered experiences before the Omega Point is reached, thereby “living forever.” I show that all of above 3 laws are merely special cases of classical mechanics, indicating that we need not fear these laws will be superseded by unknown laws of physics: in spite of our increased knowledge over the past three centuries, we have never left the physics of Newton, which is already a Theory of Everything. If the laws of physics be for us, who can be against us?