What Would a Machine as Smart as God Want?
Physicist Freeman Dyson wrote the paper to counter physicist Steven Weinberg’s infamous remark that “the more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.
No universe with intelligence is pointless, Dyson retorted. He sought to show that even in an eternally expanding universe, intelligence could persist virtually forever and ward off heat death through shrewd conservation of energy.
In his 1988 essay collection Infinite in All Directions, envisioned intelligence spreading through the entire universe, transforming it into a vast cosmic mind.