A billion times more powerful in 25 years?

Maljonic

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This is a review for last night's Horizon in the Radio Times, which I didn't watch but thought it might be an interesting topic:

Techno guru Ray Kurzweil takes 250 pills a day. Why? Because he wants to be alive for the "singularity". That's the name hip scientists have given to the moment in history when computers will match the power of the human brain and allow us to download our thoughts and memories. "Computers are about one billion times more powerful than they were a quarter of a century ago," Kurzweil observes, "and they will become a billion times more powerful than they are today in a quarter of a century." At which point these fantastically clever machines or "artilects" artificial intellects) will take over the world - and perhaps stop crashing. Kurzweil is just one of the visionaries in this swirly film, which flits around neuroscience and computing. It's the kind of programme you want to stick in a vault for 25 years to see if it all turns out to be cobblers. In the meantime, we can ponder its daft children-in-the-woods filler shots and enjoy the bizarre scene featuring a live, remote-controlled rat.
Personally I think that anyone expecting a power increase of a billion in 25 years will be disappointed. Actually I think the statement about the last 25 years is cobblers too.
 

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I will be 2 billion times more powerful in 12.5 years.
 

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It was a really good program, they made a remote controlled rat! You press left or right on the keyboard and the rat got a sense in its whisker to turn that way, if it did it the computer sent a message to its pleasure zone so it would obey the order.

They strapped a camera on its back and had fun. :eek7:
 

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Trem said:
I will be 2 billion times more powerful in 12.5 years.
2 billion times 0.000000000000000000003 is still only 0.000000000006 :)
 

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Ray Kurzweil takes 250 pills a day what an enjoyable life he has!
 

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For some reason, I thought this thread was going to be about Microsoft.
 

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Tom said:
2 billion times 0.000000000000000000003 is still only 0.000000000006 :)
You only got 99% warn left, don't make me abuse you :eek:
 

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How many sandwiches is 2 billion rounds?
 

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Lord Acton said:
Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely
Hate to imagine what this has done to Trem. :eek7:







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:)
 

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If there's any corrupting of Trem to be done, it's my jurisdiction. :twak:
 

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Mazling said:
If there's any corrupting of Trem to be done, it's my jurisdiction. :twak:
how dare you use big words on me, spelt right and in context, at this time of night! ;)

gonna have nightmares about what you'll use his banstick for.


:eek7:
 

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Read a book not long ago about this kind of thing - was quite interesting - bit of a thriller not a supernerd computer book mind you Footprints of God

The copy I bought though I am sure it was called Dark Matter - seems he might have changed the title maybe.. worth a look tbh.
 

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Aspirin I reckon - that much would get rid of more than a headache methinks!
 

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