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Comment author: Richard_Hollerith2 28 September 2008 02:50:15AM 0 points [-]

It is true that my proposal does not benefit any person, human or otherwise, except as a means to further ends.

A human or a sentient has no intrinsic value in my way of thinking about morality -- though of course humans have great instrumental value as long as they remain the only intelligent agents in the known universe.

Now note that one galaxy converted into a superintelligent cloud of matter and energy suffices to keep each and every human alive for billions of years, end disease and suffering, etc, with plenty of matter and energy left over for frivolous toys like a planet transformed into a child's toy.

My proposal is mainly an answer to the question of what end to put all those other galaxies that are not being used to provide a nice place for the humans and their descendants to live.

turning the galaxy into computers that could run a question if there were any question to run.

That characterization of my system is unfair. The goal is more like turning the easy-to-reach matter and energy into computers and von-Neumann probes that will turn less-easy-to-reach matter and energy into computers and von-Neumann probes in an unending cycle, except that eventually the computers and probes will probably have to adopt other means of continuing, e.g., when it becomes clear that there is no way for computers and probes to continue to exist in this space-time continuum because the continuum itself will end in, e.g., a Big Rip.