The Singularity

John K Clark (
Wed, 15 Jul 1998 22:20:59 -0700 (PDT)


Hara Ra <> Wrote:


>Someone with better data that I have (John Clark?) might think about
>how many machine cycles are equivalent to evolution of human beings
>from archaeobacteria, as this might provide a clue as to just how
>fast the hardware must be to create an SI from evolutionary
>principles. I sort of doubt it is less than say 10^50 operations...??

Drexler has calculated that all the brains that have ever existed before humanity, that is, all the brains since brains were invented in the Cambrian Explosion 570 million years ago, performed the equivalent of about 10^38 machine instructions. A Nanotechnology computer the size of a large present day factory and using no more power, could perform 10^38 machine instructions in about 2 years.

                                             John K Clark

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