The energies flowing through these things are, interestingly, becoming more and more dense. If you take the amount of energy that flows through one gram per second in a galaxy, it is increased when it goes through a star, and it is actually increased in life…We don’t realize this. We think of the sun as being a hugely immense amount of energy. Yet the amount of energy running through a sunflower per gram per second of the livelihood, is actually greater than in the sun… Animals have even higher energy usage than the plant, and a jet engine has even higher than an animal. The most energy-dense thing that we know about in the entire universe is the computer chip in your computer. It is sending more energy per gram per second through that than anything we know. In fact, if it was to send it through any faster, it would melt or explode. It is so energy-dense that it is actually at the edge of explosion.
I’m not usually taken in by futurist brain-dumps like this, but I did like the comments on how current technology is pushing the physical limits of energy density. I mean, wow … we are beyond suns! This excerpt is from a Jason Silva essay called “We Are Information Experiencing Information” that is typically Silva-esque in its breathlessness and excitement. A good read, though.
I’m not what you’d call a pure “singulatarian”, but I am fascinated by the coalescence of our minds and technology into these sort of super-organisms of connected thought and perception, at least as an idea if not in practice. I am not at all sure that we will one day exist completely beyond our meatspace as a result of that cooperative tech, but imagine what will be possible when our experience and the world which we can create is no longer limited to our solitary experience! When we become so self-aware that these technological mini-minds we all carry allow us to enrich our lives rather than merely distract ourselves from them.