Immortality, Quantum Archaeology and my Poo Collection

Humans want to survive. Religion is about getting “saved”, and the desire to be saved is basically an allegory on the urgency to want to live. Living isn’t always fun (ask Eugen) but over-all it beats being dead. The desire to live is innate to us as human beings, and many would want to do so even in stark and hostile conditions. Think about the sacrifices the Inuit make for survival. Think about the sheer perseverance of people in concentration camps. Many went on, no matter what hardship they endured.

The most clinically “relaxed” form of indefinite survival is espoused by Aubrey de Grey, as he postulates a form of immortality on extending the function of the human body by “keeping it together”. Aubrey postulates seven methodologies of extending the physical organochemistry of the human physique. Let me crudely paraphrase these approaches as follows : (1) make sure unnecessary human body cells don’t excessively croak or become dysfunctional; (2) make sure that the operating systems of human cells does not go unmanageable rogue or “carcenomic”; (3) engineer and safely introduce body friendly and compatible cells in a manner that they last substantially longer; (4) look at the energy factories inside cells and make sure these intracellular devices keep operating smoothly; (5) get rid of useless/bad debris that builds up inside cells; (6) get rid of useless/bad junk that accumulates in-between cells and (7) create some kind of pervasive management system that manages cell complexity and pathology.

These seven approaches might work, but they might not do so in time. I mean, this is a whole lot of work, even for an obsessive workaholic such as Aubrey. I have met him a few times, I have seen him go about it, the guy deserves Nobel prizes just for obsessiveness and dedication. But even for Aubrey and his merry cabal of life extensionists, it’s a lot of work. So in essence we need a somewhat plausible backup plan. Is just a few years older than I am, and he might not make it in time to reap the fruits of his spoils, and we all know what failure in this race entails, right? It entails a state of irreversible dead-ness, and most of us instinctively abhor this state. I mean, we probably have to accept it to some degree, but hey, we might as well try not to.

So what is the next back-up plan? Well there is one, but it’s a fairly expensive insurance policy. The best one around is offered by a company called ALCOR, and what they basically do is this — they make sure they get your body just minutes after you die. They pump it full of a rich family of preservatives, while cooling it gradually. They then chisel out the brain from your skull, and perfused in a substance that facilitates the delicate structures of the brain to remain optimally intact, they freeze it. So if you had any notions that the kind of cryo suspension ALCOR does looks like this, you are sadly mistaken.

No, they take the body and tear it to shreds and isolate those components that are alleged to contain the essential patterns that are you, as a person.

I mean, you have to be really in love with yourself to have people subject your remains to such an ordeal. Alcor is a very sincere attempt to try to reduce the human essential state to something you might carry on a plane as carry-on luggage. I am personally not sure if I would subject myself to such a prospect, since it isn’t merely about being eviscerated and effectively freeze-dried post mortum, it also entails the anticipatory caution just before dying. In other words, if you die in the Netherlands, it is very likely your body is legally and forcibly subjected to anatomical study. In other words, in many European countries a post mortum investigation is pretty much routine. In many cases the skull is opened up. The process of post mortum opening upof the skull routinely involves removal of the tongue, and the studied (sliced) remains of your brain are generally deposited in a small plastic bag inside your chest cavity. To do this the anatomist pulls your face upwards over the skull, much like a mask, opens the skull with a drill, saws open the cavity and extracts the brain, slices it twice or three times to look for hematoma and then deposits in ice, where it might be left to rest for an hour, all the while losing what essential pattern it may have, and thereby losing whatever qualities it may have as an unique record of what you were as a human being. Cryonic suspension is’t about bringing you back, as if you would a trauma patient. Cryonic suspension is at best a forensic preservation of the neurological pattern (some call this the connectome) of the human mind.

The ideal of Cryonic suspension is that in some future time it may be possible to take such a 3D photographic “vitrified” representation of “what used to be a brain” and reconstruct some kind of functional model out of it. I shall not make comment on my expectations of this succeeding, I just have no way of knowing. What I do know is that the existing medical world appears to be quite dismissive of this approach. If I were to declare I had a Cryonic contract with ALCOR, and if I were to die in the Netherlands, chances of my cadaver being claimed by legal and medical authorities and consecutively being (punitively?) subjected to a kind of hate-pathological study rises considerably in probability with the insistence of my post mortum lawyers to have my cadaver shipped off to the containment care of ALCOR. So in essence, my concern with ALCOR would be that in case I were to get close to death I would have to get on a plane, fly to Scottsdale, spend a fortune to get a hospital bed and then “wait it out” for a while to get access to the cryonic facilities. And even then the Dutch authorities might still go after ALCOR with a court order, demanding to slice up my body in the Netherlands (paid by Dutch taxpayers) to see if I might have been the subject of some sort of crime. Don’t believe me? Ask them. This are pretty much the precise words I got from a Dutch pathological-anatomist. This would be “routine” procedure.

Besides, ALCOR is a treatment reserved for the comparably rich. The treatment starts at 50.000$ (which they say “it is’t that much, ha ha”) and I don’t have that, and probably I will never have that. So I inquired about that and I was told that I can get a life insurance, the kind that covers the trip, the Cryo treatment, a financial plan that covers some monetary reserves after I am re-awakened and the medical care leading on to the preservation process. Restoration process (which would cost millions in today’s money) not being discussed. Future people can figure that one out.

If I were to magically find myself the beneficiary of a few million dollars, sure I’d buy a small apartment in Scottsdale with a stand by facility, and pay for all the costs in advance, and create small and very safe fund for me to use in the hopefully none too distant future. But I probably won’t.

So, with SENS ad ALCOR being out of my easy reach (and they say nasty things about KRYORUS…) what else is left for me? I am not a very religious person so I suppose prayer is not something I would spend many sleepless nights on. So should I consign myself to accepting death?

Well maybe there is an alternative. The Turing Church espouses another hopeful vision, and that is called Quantum Archaeology. The basic premise is basically that in a far distant future it might become scientifically possible to look back in time, and study small bits of space in their respective past, and reconstruct precise patterns, through a complex and mostly arcane process of quantum forensics. I agree, this is a long shot, but hey, my question is to optimize my chances, right?

So how would this work?

In essence, the idea would be to look at my pattern, as if through a sort of observational tool, from the future and record my pattern. For those strange and magical people of the distant future this might be do-able for every instance of my body from birth down to seconds before my demise. Each incarnation of me, probably several for every day for every day I have lived could be retrieved to the future. In such a very strange future I might find myself reconstructed in some very precise facsimile of my environment, and “that version of me wouldn’t even notice”. In fact, I might walk out of my bed one morning, walk out the living room and find myself in a massive hall where thousands of versions of me might walk in at the very same moment.

This is speculation of a type that doesn’t serve much of a useful purpose. But I do have one poignant question that bothers me — how would a team of caring future quantum archaeologists that would like to do me the favor of reconstructing me in to some gradually more pleasant state of me (I have several suggestions!) go about their business? How would they aim their fine tuned devices in to the past and precisely lock down on where I just happen to be at that time?

This might be very difficult, since the actual place might have evaporated. The buildings I live in, in my short time allotted on this planet might have been demolished, and my possessions might long have ended up in landfills, or recycled for their space carbon atoms aeons ago. In fact, in a thousand years what might be left of me to reconstruct might be mostly some incoherent rambling articles on a blog, a few historical references of a mostly pathologically narcisstistic nature, and little else. The random stray atoms that were me and my physical environs might have been scattered in to irrelevance.

Please upload K to the future, this restaurant is close to her location on December 3, 2012, at 11:41 AM, local time.

So I would need a means to help the people from the future to allocate me. Well let’s give them a hand. As I am writing this I am located in the small sleepy village of Palm Mar on Tenerife. I am situated in puerta 28, apartment K, (haha) on the second floor of the Mocan. I am sitting behind the desk, more or less central in the room. It is 11:41 AM, local time. If you guys don’t mind, take me now please.


Nothing happened, from my perspective. However a future version of me might find herself reconstructed from precisely this very moment and she might live on a very happy and long existence. Sadly that does not help me much. I am still stuck here, wearing these same turcoise pants.

But let’s assume Quantum Archeology is more difficult than that. I mean, a thousand years from now the whole island of Tenerife might exist in a completely unrecognizable configuration. In fact the whole planetary surface might be unrecognizable. How would the gentle and charitable future people “lock on” to my essential pattern so to speak? They might need an achor point. The future humans might need a calibration tool that is objective to my current state. This pattern would have to be objective. There would have to be a large number of atomic particles that were part of me, that would serve as a callibration aid to lock their temporary quantum archaeological scanners on to me.

And I would have to leave these breadcrumbs accessible for recovery.

Now what kind of material substrate might I leave behind, in a recoverable condition, as to facilitate the future people to lock on to the pattern that is me? I would need some atoms that were “mostly deep inside my body”. Since I am not inclined to apply biopsy on my valuable tissue, I need a viable alternative. And my guess is this alternative would be poo. In essence my unproven hypothesis is that in the future very few patterns might be accessible, barring the digital recollections of me. My whereabouts, in reference to a very large number of by then evaporated physical structures might be irrecoverable. But if I leave behind a very large number of immutable physical objects with a sample “targeting configurations of atoms”, and a small bit of scratched metal depicting this web site’s URL, then these charitable kind souls might be able to target my whereabouts in space time, as to facilitate my reconstruction and continued happiness in some exotic and alien future world.

That’s it, let’s go and find myself a few solid aluminium bottles, let’s go collect some of my stool and wrap it in aluminium foil, and put it in those metallic or glass receptacles. Padded with some local volcanic gravel. Let’s not go as far and call them ”Easter Eggs” just yet… I’ll pitch a dozen of those in a nearby ocean, and who knows, “I” might get lucky?

Source: Immortality, Quantum Archaeology and my Poo Collection

  • Khannea,

    I understand archiving your “poo” is more consistent with your dramatic persona, but from a purely scientific viewpoint I think some “spunk” (if you can spare it) would be the best transtemporal tracer for a transtranshumanist so as to better focus on the details of your future transresurrection.

    But then I believe–in Love, Sex, and Erotic Mysticism.

  • Giulio Prisco

    Nothing so evident and macroscopic, they will do things subtly, fishing Khannea’s mind bit-by-bit out or her skull via weird quantum tech or something. I think K’s upload copy, taken immediately after writing “take me now please,” is already up there, digesting a simulated paella in a simulated stomach. They they will relax the physical simulation and let K live in a Second Life on steroids for a while, before joining their community of pure spirits.

  • Ok great news, because I am in the mood to jump off a local pier right now. Shall I go and do that? I am already saved as you guys claim.

  • Giulio Prisco

    @K Re jumping off the pier:

    (in passing, note that in Tenerife the water is never too cold, and you would just dive and have a good swim, just like in the pool).

    This is a variant of the quantum suicide thing. Suppose you have been copied to 4 life-like sims after writing “take me now please” yesterday. Then (from your point of view) the probability that you are in “the real world” is only 20%, and the probability that you are in the sim is 80%. In 4 cases out of 5, nothing bad happens to you. If you have been copied to a bazillion sims to track a bazillion of independent consciousness threads, then you can jump safely, because nothing bad can ever happen to you.

    But we, your friends still stuck in this “real world” (unless we all start in a sim, which is a possibility) would miss you. It is for us that you must not jump.

  • I have been nagging Giulio regarding getting scholars to do science papers on HOW to do quantum archeology. This would require some solid physics papers. He wisely, has demurred my suggestion, basically pointing out that people will be led by their amygdalla’s rather than sweet reason, and math.

    I think that some good sci papers would stir people’s emotions and get people motivated about his Turing Church or other transhumanist forms. He is likely correct, and I am likely incorrect, but I am convinced its worth a shot.


  • I have reason to believe this conviction of Giulio (versus the convictions of others..) that “humans are by and large gullible apes that want to be led around in live like overgrown hairy children” (paraphrasing) has led in part to very sad and largely irreconcilable differences of opinion. These are fascinating disagreements that shaped world history.

  • Giulio Prisco

    @Mitch re “getting scholars to do science papers on HOW to do quantum archeology”

    There are papers out there with hypothesis for resurrection, but we do not know enough physics yet to put maths and diagrams in them. Analogies and “poetic images” are the best we can do at this moment.

    An exception is Frank Tipler, who puts lots of math and diagrams in his papers (and in his first book), but he has not persuaded the scientific community. In fact, the opposition to resurrection physics is emotional in nature, and comes from the majority of dull ultra-rationalist “bureaucrats of science” who hate everything that sounds like religion.

    This is one of the many reasons why I am persuaded that we must win hearts first, and minds will follow.

    @K “[my conviction that] humans are by and large gullible apes that want to be led around in live like overgrown hairy children”

    I wouldn’t choose this wording, but yes on the basis of what I have seen on this planet so far, most of us prefer the easy way.

  • Darren Reynolds

    Hey, K, “Sadly that does not help me much.”

    It is obvious to suggest that it may have already helped you a great deal, and you wouldn’t know. Perhaps only other people ever die. I mean, think about it. Have you ever died? But having suggested the obvious, worry that you do go to sleep a lot. That has similarities with dying.

    Giulio writes, “we must win hearts first, and minds will follow.”

    Yeah, that’s it. Human beings are like that, mostly. I’m delighted to have discovered this lovely little place on the web.

  • eldras

    Hi Giulo,

    Here is the paper for your Turing Church! It’s all yours! I’m out of QA back to A.I. Some idiot in India wrote it…dont attribute it to me!

    Can science resurrect the dead?

    Micro Map of the past being created.
    Quantum computers and new maths to calculate detailed histories and memories of everyone dead.
    Face and body reconstructions a million years old already achieved: mind reconstructions coming.
    106 billion people to be resurrected within 40 years.

    This paper, under construction, to be delivered for the 2013 Turing Church workshop. 5,000 words reading time 40 minutes.

    (c~) text copyrights waived

    “…information is incapable of being destroyed – that is the deepest physics I know.” Leonard Susskind.


    Quantum Archaeology (QA) is the controversial science of resurrecting the dead including their memories. It assumes the universe is made of events and the laws that govern them, and seeks to make maps of brain/body states to the instant of death for everyone in history.

    Anticipating process technologies due in 20 – 40 years, it involves construction of the Quantum Archaeology Grid to plot known events filling the gaps by cross-referencing heuristically within the laws of science. Specialist grids already exist waiting to be merged, including cosmic ones with trillions of moving evolution points. The result will be a mega-matrix good enough to describe and simulate the past. Quantum computers and super-recursive algorithms both in their infancy may allow vast calculation into the quantum world, and artificial intelligence has no upper limit to what it might do.


    Quantum Archaeology – (QA) was inspired by Russian born Asimov’s psychohistory, written during the second world war and after Einstein’s 1905 determinist¬¬ denouement of Brownian motion. This reactionary view – that everything is predictable using laws – must include decaying and cremating brains and their information conversions as we unify the quantum and classical worlds. Quantum archaeology takes its name from quantum computers expected to do near infinite calculations and are already operating in what William James in 1895 called parallel universes and will revolutionize information retrieval.

    Scientific resurrection was a forgotten idea of the 19th century Russian cosmist movement, chased to oblivion by revolution. Awoken independently after the birth of the world wide web by Frank Tipler’s response to Ettinger’s cryonics, translations are easier and speculation about information recovery is increasing.+ A theory is emerging that the universe is a hologram^^^ – presumably formed by infinite branes in M Theory colliding at the big bang causing light to form and limit everything. This universe may therefore be made of light, and the laws of light – whether that involves motion or not – information at it’s very core.

    QA was forged in discussions on & other internet forums, producing howls of protests as death had been thought an irreversible state, perhaps having special properties and the first attempt was kicked off wikipedia as ‘original research’ and ‘not notable’. It will correct its doubtless many errors as it digs out its competence with coming spectacular forensic archaeology techniques. Accelerating science may make today’s lifeless archaeology seem primitive.

    Quantum archaeology is a gold mine for the superdeterminist. It asserts a man is a mixture of events, existing solely by the laws of physics.> It is irrelevant if those laws are classical, relativistic or quantum, the laws of nature exist. What maters is finding techniques using them to achieve our aims of survival and resurrection.

    In the quantum realm statistics are used as mechanics. Man’s composite patterns are swappable with identical ones by the principle of interchangeability. The composites are common to other men and other life and reduce , commonly to other biochemical and therefore other physical events which may be configured theoretically by deduction and experiment, then constructed. They are also convertible to information.

    In an interactive system like the universe, things in one state are linked by immutable laws to all other things. QA’s conjecture is the whole of any person’s past is necessarily deducible with enough cross-referenced calculation done in symbolic maths, hypercomputation, or both, by the laws of science. From myriad starting points in spacetime, zillions of inevitable patterns are tested about a history until a correct description map is achieved. The horror was the size of sums which people intuitively dismissed as too big for philosophy, too big for science, and too big to calculate.
    They are not too big to write down. Inventor of the set theory, Cantor, into arithmetic died in poverty in an insane asylum, postulating transfinite numbers with aleph orders of infinities. Predictive analytics may suggest a time when he will be revived. Mathematics now calculates infinite complexities – something seen as magic to the layman, using Cantorian set theory as the basis of computing, and describing infinite universes bubbled off infinite cosmic membranes.

    Data is not random but in discoverable groups and shapes that cross-reference and repeat. Meaning – you can make shortcuts and confident retrodictions in space-time despite few events surviving.

    The maths is like cryptologic with which Rejewski, successfully reverse-engineered Scherbius’ genius enigma machine using the theory of permutations and groups. He found correct scrambles from 150,000,000,000,000,000,000 combinations, allowing mathematicians to break encrypted messages in wartime. The statistics of complex systems through time can draw on work in dynamics like quantum turbulence
    for to secure against climate catastrophe, we need mathematics so profound is it beyond the thoughts of men.

    It is the size of the sums that is dazzling.

    This is the mega problem resurrection and all deep archaeology faces. You could, for instance derive all possible peoples by simply permutes of all possible events. That vast calculation would include a map for resurrecting everyone who could have lived – then resurrect them all with coming robotics! But quantum archaeology is going to use innovative number elimination rules, natural deduction and proof calculus drawing on algorithmic probability and event histories to reduce these near infinite histories to the correct ones in the linear history that we know.

    They reduce surprisingly quickly.

    There are many objections to quantum archaeology, but these are mainly because it is just beginning and still has many unknowns. Some assumptions will turn out to be false, but the basic premise – that you can assemble the past from few things in the present using the laws of physics – looks unshakable.

    Quantum archaeology is important enough to be a separate research field and ‘if there weren’t many unknowns it wouldn’t need to be researched’. Every part must be started on what is known. We can calculate what is coming by trending and looking at prototyping as well as what innovative research is being speculated in academic papers and futurist groups.

    Computational archaeology, semiotics (it is possible to see the whole world as signs and symbols) and other disciplines build increasingly sophisticated maps of events good enough to construct growing parts of the past, and every failure is an opportunity for invention.

    Incremental improvements are likely to produce maps good enough to run simulations past the 5 nanometres thought needed to plot individual brains (quantum levels are generally under 100 nm) – for any time in history. When that happens machine technology small enough for physical resurrection is likely to have arrived, and routine.revivals become a branch of medicine. Accelerating progress must lead generally to resurrection of the dead, or we will have failed to master very small numbers.

    But it can also be specifically attempted. Quantum archaeology is drafted like Laplace’s demon, as retrodiction science, back-calculating events that must have been from those known in the present, deducing patiently by the laws of physics. Masses of the work can be done in classical physics in which human consciousness seems to reside and it may be that there is only one physics. However Quantum Archaeology accommodates the quantum (statistical) theory, which modifies classical physics in the world of the very small – just as Relativity modified Newtonian physics for the world of the very big. We are learning to manipulate quanta, and the effects must be unprecedented invention. In 2010 the first quantum machine was built.¬

    This unleashing technology will be fantastic. Things thought impossible will be done routinely and things beyond imagination will be built enabling and accelerating one another. More than a trillion trillion trillion machines each more complex than anything man-made today, will fit inside an atom, and these intelligent invisibles will construct smaller, cleverer machines to achieve even more astonishing science as we head into superstring physics and enter other universes with different laws.

    For resurrection of the dead we need not advance that much. Relevant sizes are mostly between one atom and one metre for the body and brain. This, coupled to simulable descriptions of local environment, are everything possible in a human mind. Nothing is irrelevant, nothing is left to chance, and nothing happens by spooky forces. No man is outside nature, and his most private thoughts are solely products of determinable biology, environment and the laws of physics. Memory is caused by neuron modification to internal and environmental stimuli. All will be revealed by patient analysis and detailed cross-referencing from myriad starting points in histories preserved in the Records.

    Quantum archaeology anticipates fast advances in charting detailed event maps that are faithful and repeatable. Information gaps may be overcome by studying huge numbers of common timelines, filling in the blanks by eliminating the impossible and recording whatever remains as the fact.

    We are already doing this with present and historical reconstructions.

    The worst case scenario for quantum archaeology is that we plot and resurrect every possible person who has ever lived but have no idea which are the ‘real’ ones. This is extremely unlikely because the science of probability will eliminate impossible timelines, and it is possible the entire universe may be charted as a moving, reversible system, on computers that already have more variables than all stars and planets combined, as we learn the laws.

    “I think that matter must have a separate reality independent of the measurements. That is, an electron has spin, location and so forth even when it is not being measured. I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it.” Albert Einstein originator of Relativity.

    “All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force… We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter.” Max Planck, originator of Quantum Theory.

    We could side step the fundamentals of quantum explanation in favour of ‘What can we do?’ ‘What can we achieve?’ In the case the physical universe cant be reversed, at least archaeology can calculate causally and probabilistically what parts of it necessarily were, for there are limits to the size of what is needed, and retrodiction may be so demonstrably accurate as to assert we have mapped the essence of any person including thoughts known solely to them.

    Size doesn’t affect the idea, nor does distance to history, which assumes only that the world operates by laws, we can state enough of them at our size limits, and can back-calculate necessary events down to the relevant scale of human memory. This comes easily to futurists who are used to predictive and statistical inference calculations since Babbage forced the world’s ruling elite through the rigours of the Royal Statistical Society once world peace had freed vast money from 1815.

    Using axiomatic logic and basic number theory, QA will draft a detailed, expanding four dimensional (moving) graph of history called the Quantum Archaeology Grid, anticipating hypercomputing, synthesis of data banks, and clever, vastly superior ways of manipulating – like super-recursive algorithms (which are expected to out-perform even quantum computers). We will reach 1 exaflop (a quadrillion floating-point calculations per second) of data manipulation on classical supercomputers, passing what is thought to be one human brain capacity in 2018-22, but it’s nothing to what’s coming.
    Mathematics means you dont need brute calculation. Symbolic abstraction computes pretty well anything knowable. Maths is just short- cuts. Human memories are generally isometric. Although all neurons are unique they have evolved inevitably, and if you have calculated the environment and the biology like DNA, you are more than half way to describing the dead person. Memory reconstruction is repetition, reaction and environmental permutation, reduced by ascertainable and specific geographical location. The brain itself has only 300 million pattern recognition modules, of 100 neurons per module (How to Create a Mind Ray Kurzweil 2012). Human memory is not random but flows like rivers down the paths of least resistance, obeying the body’s hormonal goals to sensory input from given or calculable environments. The acceleration of science is forcing it’s method as processual archaeology.

    Reconstructions might start with a prototype human. Maps would be linked by the laws of physics to maps a moment later. Dynamic and inevitable map trajectories would be plotted. Over them would be imposed other maps from complex databases, personalizing what the person must have been like, at first generally, then in such detail he would be indistinguishable from the real thing. At that point they would be the real thing! Just as RNA copies new cells in your body constantly, a copy of any deceased person would actually be them. All their thoughts, everything that made them them would be present, set down in equations, algorithms and countless sums and therefore backed-up. A reconfigured human being would necessarily hold descriptions in his brain of his tribal environment to help reconfigure others, and these can be simultaneously commenced in the present to describe the past as interaction.

    This is living reconstruction.

    Each piece of the quantum archaeology enables new pieces. But this wont be done at the rate of people on digs or in labs, but on intelligent machines working near light speed and with errors of much less than the one in a million which is today’s state of the art in DNA sequencing. Error checking of complex systems is integral to mathematics’ architecture and is well advanced.

    Zillions of modifications by speeding computers configuring local data in classical and quantum physics would perfect chronicles and representations into finely detailed snapshots from conception to death. At that point a license to resurrect might be granted by a medical council. Then microrobots would begin reconstruction.

    Things in local areas like books, or an internet which may be a large interactive book, are information node densities – clustering coefficients affecting other information pathways and other nodes, like heavy stars affecting gravity distribution in a universe. As we master large and quantum gravity, these may weight in so accurately it could be impossible for a single moment to escape statistical denouement. One advances like the climbing spider, one success builds conditions for the next, until the grid is weaved.

    This is archaeology rising. Quantum means ‘the minimum amount of an entity’. Archaeology: ‘the recovery and analysis of human data’. Thus quantum archaeology is the recovery and analysis of the minimum amounts of data needed to describe anything human in history, including human brain cells and even private human events and thoughts, to be plotted as event points on the general quantum archaeology grid.

    The points plotted are fixed relatively, but they have pasts and futures, forward and aft, and adjacencies. Together they give moving charts of a man’s life and memories. His whole body is not more than 1.8 X 10^27 molecules with its 7 X 10^27 atoms. Although these are vast numbers they are not infinite and size of calculations should be set aside when pondering the viability of quantum archaeology, for it is reasonable to assume maths in the future will get better.

    It is easier than it first seems. The bulk of calculation is repetition, and early cosmology techniques enable seed programmes. No seed simulations have resulted in life, but the computing power has not been enough for brute force permutation yet; calculations are increasing as multiples of Moore’s Law and the advance of number equations.

    Mathematics by arduous minds torturing the edge of abstraction will surely yield to greater intelligence amplification in machines. How fast the big calculators arrive is more than guesswork as constant trajectories have been watched for 50 years, and astonishing leaps have peppered history. By numbers of actioned patents, discoveries are speeding.

    QA posits recovery and reconstruction of sufficient data to calculate the details of anyone dead – including their memories – to prepare a map of them – for technologies like micro robots to build to order when those arrive after the 2020’s.

    Quantum robots are a form of micro robot based on Feynman’s idea, by Paul Benioff in 1982. David Deutsch at Oxford pioneered quantum computation to successfully push the science and it is now a major research industry.

    Coming technologies like 3D printing seem to have no scale limits and may eventually be used routinely at quantum levels, nor be restricted to three dimensions. Non-living events, aeons past, and people who are events called ‘living’, are expected to be resurrected to full functionality, and general ones (of genres) have already been achieved. It is thought we will be able to resurrect a non-specific tribe of Neanderthals since completing their DNA in 2012. This is not yet a specific brain but it is easier to see that this may become possible as archaeology unearths the past by probability and causation to levels that seemed impossible one generation of 20 years ago.

    Given enough machine complexity, future people may find simulating this universe is easy on a personal computer- including all its peoples to date. Despite our egos screaming otherwise, these resurrectees must be indistinguishable from the real thing under Ettinger’s maxims of identity. Once the quantum archaeological grid is drawn, any number of a specific dead person could be manufactured, a complete simulation of their consciousness from conception to death written down or run as a computer program, and would be demonstrably authentic at the point of revival. There are huge and growing record bases that can help, some reaching back millions of years.

    As we reconstruct given histories they provide a platform to go back further, since each human mind is a library.

    The processing power is already here for the surface work, the mathematics already in place, but sufficient technology not expected for 20-40 years. That is a wide time-frame in accelerating technology. The problems of resurrecting over 106 billion dead people since 50,000 B.C.E. into the modern world may look ridiculous, but in a few decades what is possible will have multiplied by many factors. As to housing, the universe is full of space, and dimension distortion in your own apartment may come. Some people say they dont want to be resurrected but this is the Lazarus Long Delusion explained later. When people cite possible problems after resurrecting, the essential idea has been understood and scientists should begin the work.

    We are attempting to label all things manufactured by men as the Internet of Things which is slowly covering the globe. Bar codes are being put on items by description, and those descriptions may become specific enough to re-engineer any of them – including moving ones as 3D printers move into the home and connect to the internet. Things are progressively built by machine systems planning and designing them; which forces innovative mathematics and startlingly good model-driven software. At some stage voice commands to a portable device will be enough for most things to be assembled in front of you at speed, and objects once of great value will become disposable and recyclable. The wave may bring excellence enough in high technology for the manipulation of quantum archaeological data. Demand may get program makers to have ancient artifacts and people available to download as programs to your home assembler, subject only to payment and legality. If this seems science fantasy, its precursors are already being used and computing power is the main thing holding it back.

    This paper highlights the accelerating progress of technologies and sciences, not only in archaeology and reconstructing the past, but generally, with advances like self-driving cars, printed body parts, quantum teleportation (transporting over distance, now done routinely) and invisibility cloaks.

    It looks at the implications of quantum archaeology, the three main objections to it, and offers defeats. The objections are briefly:

    1. Information is irrecoverably lost or there’s too much of it to make sense:

    – defeat: – archaeology recovers information and by accelerating methods. QA is not attempting infinite recovery, but between the atom and the body, generally. One quantum computer is expected do more than all classical computers combined. All possible deceased’s memories could be calculated initially, and QA will reduce these to the few then the one by probability and causation. Ettinger (cryonically suspended) nearing ninety thought there might be a Law of Conservation of Information and nothing is lost in the universe, though his search hadn’t found it. Leonard Susskind, an originator of string theory states “information is incapable of being destroyed – that is the deepest physics I know” ^^^ (and Stephen Hawking conceded that information cannot be destroyed using multiverse theory).

    2. Entropy says the universe is not reversible therefore no local part of the universe is reversible. When brains decay, part of their descriptions are lost as thermodynamic heat and there is no known way of retracing it.

    – defeat – M Theory implies other universes: energy for reversal can be created or siphoned from the multiverse; local parts may therefore be reconfigurable because there will be enough energy to do it. The entire universe is debated as a simulation. If so, the universe is logically reversible for the burgeoning numbers of events in the present all trace to similar histories in the past: they are like branches of trees all tracing to common trunks. They are not unit events but classes of reversible laws with limits.

    Further QA isn’t relying on total information reconstruction from surviving fragments but the construction of the quantum archaeology grid which sources events before, after and adjacent to a given person’s timeline and works by logically deduced reconfigurations. It isn’t seeking the actual particle that made the deceased’s brain, but multi-time pathways that made those particular brains inevitable.

    3. Quantum Theory proves Cause & Effect are obsolete so we’ll never know the past.*

    – defeat – The world can be described pretty much causally using Many Worlds Interpretation¬¬ and Einstein who could be called a superdeterminist could be right, causality underpins nature. The fact a brilliant probability science is giving astoundingly good predictions is a triumph for probability science not a refutation of determinism, which the MWI reinstates, dismissing probability cloud observer collapses by quantum decoherence. Even allowing quantum probability alone, closed and unobserved quantum systems are demonstrated to be both predictable and reversible. (See also 2012 Nobel Physics Prize”for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems”). Debate rages about how to capture the laws of the quantum realm, and camps traditionally oppose each other, some believing causation, existing, too complex and too quick for mankind. Nature has had infinite time for infinitely deep complexity predating our universe. Einstein was more hopeful of finding a way and dismissed quantum theory as a lack of perspective. Quantum Archaeology does NOT need to go infinitely small scale to complete its grid, and most quantum theory is irrelevant to it.

    There is enough material to make quantum archaeology a separate research area for the pay-off is high. Any strong university that has social sciences, sciences and philosophy could attempt it.

    As the quantum realm has yet to be thrashed out, this paper will argue the limits of science: that deceased Man is built by and therefore retrievable by its absolute laws: no-one and nothing may exist outside them. It will also attempt to argue that extropian resurrection is a greater more powerful philosophy, than the brute will of the Nietzschean and Marxist schools – both myopic following of Darwin – and QA must inevitably lead to recursive civilization on rising Kardashevian scales.

    Heidegger’s assertion ‘death must be accepted in order to be free.’ is refuted by the extropian school. Death never was. Death is an illusion. There is no strict freedom since everything is bound by law. Higher degrees of mobility evolve as responses to the environment and the compatibility argument ends the conflict between free will and determinism:- they are different perspectives on a system that owns its qualian self. The quantum world may yield a wider explanation of surely wondrous complex causality but is in its infancy, and causality is on detention there! Human intelligence, as memory modification at ion speed, hasn’t yet (2013) been passed by artificial general systems good enough to fool a blind man playing Turing’s imitation game.

    Massive life extension looks viable and resurrection theory is running after it. The mathematics and technologies needed are covalent. Cryonics is presently the best way of preserving organic data, and it would be foolish indeed not to use it, but comprehensive scanning technologies are sure to emerge eg from sonics, electromagnetics and internal mapping by nanobots. They will not be needed if QA is correct but it is a futurist and unproven idea until its researched, and no university department has dared include it.


    For the poet-artist, death seems a joke by Nature trying to cage the truth of the imagination, since as a rule what can be imagined in detail can be built by engineers. Marvin Minsky’s mindless agents forming the society of mind are absolutely determined by science laws in what they must and cannot do: with sufficient understanding and computing their lives and histories may be absolutely retrodictable.

    If we are to ‘extract the surrender of all supernaturalism and fixed dogma by superior perspicacity,’ futurists must stir the core humanity that objectivism mechanized out of the Industrial Revolution. QA is a snowball that has begun rolling, its argument annealed with visionary technology and invention. In the words of Victor Hugo, nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. We are about to move from the Age of Information to the age of intelligent machines, and the speed of revolutions is accelerating. The conflict between Relativity and Quantum Theory is absurd:

    “Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.” Ayn Rand.

    Futurist extropian transhumanism is the foresighted raising a shield against aging, and cracking the long-brimming dam of the tomb.

    Man is a being that has never died. Man is a being that never dies. Man is incapable of death. Man owns his future. The laws of science cannot be broken. You have been formed by eternity. You will always be. The dead will rise. We shall rise. We will rise in groups and we will rise indefinitely. Resurrection is certain. Immortality is certain. A man is intrinsically precious. You are intrinsically precious. Your cause is as valid as the universe. You, yourself are as valid as the universe for you, yourself are a law of universe.

    With such bold maxims, questions about suffering and life’s meaning obliterate. Suffering is not only going to end, it is going to be reversed, because the human past is not fixed at death – as will be shown in another paper. Life’s meaning is faulty questioning because immortality is a basic state of the world. Transhuman Man is meaning as reaction viewed after the event, and His existence is the base state of the humanist Multiverse.

    Extropian is the resurrecting hero at war with death and chaos.
    Hopefully by the end of this paper it will be thought possible no man has irrecoverably died, individual human life is not philosophically pointless, private thoughts and actions – viewable from the future – now incurr moral duty by pragmatism – and the awful price of history was worth it.

    What is coming will shortly be driven solely by the imagination as machine slaves take over labor, experiment and discovery. Man will be relatively free from drudgery as depth in philosophy as machinery – brings weak into strong and old into equality. Recursive continuance will keep us away from ‘the greatness which does not bow before children ‘(Gibran) where what is possible is everything that can be thought of. Resurrection must become another branch of medicine, a civil and human right.

    As this paper reads, doubts will repeat that we can do the size of calculation necessary.

    They are certainly vaster than anything mankind has attempted. But so are the coming machines and maths. We already juggle infinities. So long as we avoid catastrophe, it is surely certain – sooner or later – we will achieve an archaeology smaller than the present. The danger is we think other people’s view are inferior to our own because of a higher cause since that higher cause resurrects and reverses suffering. We have no such right: we become elitists before our own doom. Whether its philosophical foundations are correct or consistent, because raising the dead is the prize, quantum archaeology will proceed. To the horizon of history. To every man who has shivered or sweltered in the earth. To each suffering sentient under our stewardship of science past, and struggling in the present, this is the future:

    We will bury our dead. We will freeze our dead. We will cremate our dead. Then we will resurrect our dead.

    Where Prometheus stole fire from the gods, Extropian rips elemental meaning from technology and makes it think back to him. The gnomes of this renaissance have begun a world wide web of runaway technical explosions. Unexpected and profoundly difficult science must lie ahead in shortening time-steps, physically affirming the Law of Accelerating Returns – that technological change is exponential – with high existential risks. People born today wont need to die, and people dying today will resurrect tomorrow, in a better, kinder world, where scramble for abundant power would be pointless.
    We now draw with ourselves an arrow through the Singularity. Instead of aim and unreachable star, we exist by trajectory and impetus. Self-generation and degrees of freedom are everything. There is no reified point ahead, only launch. We the subject, are ourselves the absolute inside an eternal multiverse – which is as far as men have have seen.

    Expansion, love of life, abolition of limit – including every kind of death, unite us** and if this is mad, it is also brave because it demands constant self-belief, constant rechecking of scientific assumptions, deleting impossibles, zealously keeping improbables. Man is his own quest for the absolute and there are infinite possibilities. Courage and cooperation have brought homo sapiens sapiens to the top of the mountain whopping every meso species on earth that has come at him. Now Man is stalking death.

    In the naked desert of machine logic the resurrecting power of imagination as technology that turned Victorian archaeologists Petrie and Carter into legends will make heros spring back to life and actual immortality. Definitions of dead and unborn will cease to exist. But the clamor for the old to guide us is still desperate.

    ‘Youth could win, but had not learned to keep, and was pitiably weak against age.’ (T.E. Lawrence).

    Science is climbing, gasping, to another high plateau, with a formula for resurrection, and the message that the dead are not permanently dead, their sacrifices not personally futile, their individual histories just beginning, and the opening future is far beyond the dreams of dangerous men. It looks unbelievable. Until you study it.

    But Man is chained to fear of death until the first resurrections come, and Quantum Archaeology, fragile and embryonic, is regarded as heresy – or worse – is unknown. It is unthought of by nature: fearless technology bringing recursive civilization. It is revolution, with no obvious precedent and in direct contravention of biology. I can find no case of the dead resurrecting anywhere nature and quantum archaeology- by any name- seems blasphemy against the darkest veil ever built.

    The dead will rise. Man is the warden of the world. Man is the womb of intelligence. ‘Man is the measure of all things’.”” Man is heroic will rising from the scattered dusts. All is not vanity and vexation of spirit, but architecture, assembly, form and reach.

    In the ascendant of time, Man calls on the wizardry of science, draws his aspects with obsessive detail, to build a species natal chart and plot the histories, meticulously tapastrying together smallest relevant parts with the near mystical synastry of information physics, to regale his pasts – collective and individual – to gather them – to set them down – to preserve them, and so answers his own dying pleas with mathematics as machinery metabolizing the past.

    For the archaeologist – who does occasionally look forward – homo sapiens sapiens is passing to homo sapiens jugis: wise man continuing.


    + John Archibald Wheeler talked of using a stone retrieved from Plato’s Academy being put into a machine and its acoustic memory being peeled back to reveal Plato talking to Aristotle. Jack Donovan a toy dealer at Nottinghill, London used to speculate that such a device was buildable after studying sound machines for decades.

    * Quantum Theory a serious objection to Quantum Archaeology. If the quantum world is random, then nothing is predictable in it. However we are already making successful probabilistic predictions in the quantum world, and systems have already been built achieving reliable results. It is easy to see how people think information could be lost into such a world but it’s mysteries will surely fall to denouement as its laws are recorded. The moment prediction is viable we should attempt retrodiction, – both are available in closed quantum systems. The best position may be to just describe what is useful in the quantum and to delay explanations.

    ^ eg 1., The Pauli Exclusion Principle states no identical fermions may occupy the same quantum state at once.

    eg 2., The Principle of Interchangeability states identical particles are absolutely interchangable, and this is likely to apply to many things in the quantum world.


    Quote 1: “We shouldn’t get freaked about having to do all the reconstruction at once. People think ‘resurrecting someone from 1,000 years ago ? No way- toooo complex’ but they could concede we MIGHT be able to reconstruct someone’s DNA from then using probabilities. From the DNA you can map out a clone…an identical body. Now you look for how the brain grew through their life to the moment of death. That can only be two ways…the DNA and the environment variables.At that point people say well OK you’ve got copies of them with no memories.But here’s where archaeology comes into its own. People’s brains are reactants to their world…only that. Most of the variables in that world are going to be the landscape and the other people/lifeforms….and you are already computer-generating all the other people from their DNA. The other records and those you configure like the geological record, the archaeological record, the biological record, the climate record etc will all synthesize with incredible definition. If anyone existed at pretty much anytime in human history they’re going to show up in these cross-referenced mappings – warts and all. People wrongly think that memories are mystical – somehow outside the range of possible archaeological reconstruction, but they’re physical entities same as bones …each is inevitable given the right variables. Note we’re not just looking at the decayed brain and trying to get back the information dissolved as radiant heat, but we’re coming at reassembly loads of different ways which facilitate each other on a quantum archaeology grid. I dont know how small we’ll get, but my hunch is into the quantum world, even though the ‘you’ stuff of the body/brain is between 5 nanometres and a one metre body. Dont get hung up on Quantum Theory because most of the archaeology wont refer to it…we aren’t chasing subatomic particles – nor trying to find the actual bit that’s disintegrated, but what must have been, by relating spacetime coordinates to each other in a meso world. It’s like joining up the dots or doing jigsaws, only certain bits will fit when juxtaposed, but on a mind-blowingly massive scale ”

    Quote 2 :”The 2 big issues:
    1) Our ego’s dont get all people are reconfigurable composites ;
    2) Size of calculations needed is so massive people dont think when they could be done with future computers, they imagine in time present.”

    Quote 3: “We’re taking everyone with us, the dying, the sick, the lost, the helpless. We’re not leaving anyone behind. We’re taking the dead with us, and that’s what makes quantum archaeology a revolution. It doesn’t matter if you’re dead and forgotten a million years ago, we’re coming back for you and making sure you get the benefits of technology and immortality….you dont have to believe it you can see it in the work archaeologists are already doing. Faces not seen for thousands and more years are already being reassembled. As technology speeds we’ll do the brains – everyone’s – it’s breathtaking what’s happening in maths & science… ”

    > 1. Nobel Prize winning physicist Gerard ‘t Hooft has “deviating views on the physical interpretation of quantum theory”.[17] He believes that there should be a deterministic theory underlying quantum mechanics.[31] Using a toy model he has argued that such a theory could avoid the usual Bell inequality arguments that would disallow such a local hidden variable theory.”.wiki


    > 2. On Superdeterminism: Gerard ‘t Hooft “…the only reasonable view on the laws of nature is that they determine everything that happens, uniquely. This insight is necessary if you want to understand what is going on in a quantum system, in particular when you have entangled particles. However, this does not imply that the future is “predictable” in any way. Nature itself is the fastest calculator there is, and no one will ever beat that, apart from making statistical statements. That’s what qm is.” (to me -2013). This argument on limits is argument from size of calculations. We can also assume we can describe the environment we live in by finding shortcuts to data aggregations and patterns that repeat. These are the laws of physics which will be delivered increasingly by coming accelerating intelligence. t’Hooft has attacked labeling in philosophy and seems to be arguing from set theory.

    ¬¬ See also The Many Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (wiki) that resolves the central paradoxes and is absolutely a determinist theory of Cause and Effect in the quantum realm, rejecting the weirdness of the observer effect in favour of quantum decoherence, a splitting of worlds.

    “”Many Worlds Interpretaion removes the observer-dependent role in the quantum measurement process by replacing wavefunction collapse with quantum decoherence. Since the role of the observer lies at the heart of most if not all “quantum paradoxes,” this automatically resolves a number of problems; see for example Schrödinger’s cat thought-experiment, the EPR paradox, von Neumann’s “boundary problem” and even wave-particle duality. Quantum cosmology also becomes intelligible, since there is no need anymore for an observer outside of the universe.

    The Many Worlds interpretation is a realist, deterministic, local theory, akin to classical physics (including the theory of relativity), at the expense of losing counterfactual definiteness. MWI achieves this by removing wavefunction collapse, which is indeterministic and non-local, from the deterministic and local equations of quantum theory.[49][50] (wiki)

    ** see Extropian Principles

    ^^^ view online: Leonard Susskind Standford: The World As A Hologram; and on Superdeterminism “I find QM so puzzling I dont know what to believe. I’d be surprised if SD is the answer. Then again, I’d probably be surprised by whatever the answer is.” (to me – 2013)
    “” Protagorus