I am toying with that same notion, when considering a paper produced by
Physicist, Seth Lloyd, in his essay, "Ultimate Physical Limits to
Computation". Interestingly enough, he briiefly examines the notion of
whether a Black Hole can be a computer in its own right, using Hawking
radiation. Would a 30 x Cray XMP in a flashlight-sized processor be cheap
enough and trouble-free, though? Massively parallel Computational Marble(s)?
I think one might then get a chance to produce a "soul catcher" as once
envisioned by a British Telcom maven, as well as Hans Moravec. The Yudkowsky
would get his chance at uploading.
In a message dated 6/14/00 9:57:34 PM Pacific Daylight Time, email@example.com
<< I propose we look into the future, with the knowledge that
in 30 years, we will likely have 100-cray computers in
packages the size of a marble. Then what can we do?
What about Rosie the maid from the Jetsons? Given sufficiently
high power computers and feedback loops, could we not build
droids that could do all the things Rosie did, carrying on witty
conversation at the same time? It is all doable, with just
superfast computers and sufficiently sophisticated digital
feedback control systems!
Let us think like Dr. THAAD, not simply dismissing a
way-out idea, but rather estimating what would actually
be needed to carry out your fondest dreams. Then let us
work to make that happen. Wooo hoooo! spike >>
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