by Isaac Asimov

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Touches on:

  • entropy
  • immortality
  • matter is finite, all resources will eventually run out
  • exponential/geometric growth
  • parallel to modern issue with climate change, renewable resources not being renewable on cosmic scales and time frames
  • also reminds me of another story I can’t recall where asking a computer a complex question to overwhelm it and shut it down (not war games). Perhaps Star Trek? It might be a common trope, but what was the origin?
  • Also AI and similar to Ted Chiang’s story I think about often where the human’s don’t have to understand the AI’s decisions, but can still benefit from its advancements.
  • Transferring consciousness outside of a physical body
  • History repeating itself
  • Skipping ahead in time, like Foundation (also Asimov)