RE: trends in brain imaging

From: E. Shaun Russell (
Date: Sat Jan 20 2001 - 18:50:18 MST

Mez wrote:

>In general, though, I find the man's math to be incredibly sloppy (and
>often downright wrong) so I'm not too optimistic. For example, his
>estimate of the amount of power necessary to simulate the brain was
>around 10^12 operations per second, if I recall correctly.

No, this is incorrect. Kurzweil's figures (in _The Age of Spiritual
Machines_) describe a human brain to be capable of 10^16 calculations per
second. 10^12 is the equivalent of the brain of a mouse, though I have met
some mice which are markedly smarter than some humans...

E. Shaun Russell Operations Officer, Extropy Institute
     ~K i n e t i c i z e Y o u r P o t e n t i a l~

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