|Gabriel Rothblatt, Terasem Pastor (Photo: Time.com)|
Back to nerd rapture: Roy's article explored the activity and beliefs of the followers of Terasem which combines religion with science and technology. They create and dispatch "mindfiles" of themselves into space. The mindfiles consist of collected thoughts, feelings, and memories recorded on video or written down. The idea is to beam these files into space where they can encounter and be collected by other sentient beings.
As for linking religion and technology, as Terasem seems to do, I was relieved that the belief system did not make technology God or omnipotent. We are fast making technology omnipresent, and we seem to be headed toward making it omniscient, although I question if that's possible. Technology is only as intelligent as its most intelligent programmer, right?
Of course, there's always Hal in 2001, A Space Odyssey. He was AI run amok and represents all our fears about the dark side of AI. But doesn't the dark side need to be initially programmed into the AI? Hmmmmm. I don't know. Does anyone out there know?
|HAL 9000 with Dave (Photo: capnaux.com)|
What would I personally want an extraterrestrial sentient being to know about my life and my time alive? I think what and whom I love are a reflection of me as a person, so I would send things representing them: photos, recorded classical music as well as music scores, a piano and a cello, a complete symphony orchestra, lots of books and movies, plays, photos of lakes, the ocean, rivers, trees, beaches, and photos of people in my life, past and present. No, I would not include my computer. Maybe I would include a Rosetta-stone key to the English language, though (is there one already out there?).
What do you think? Would you create mindfiles or not?