RE: trends in brain imaging

From: Max More (
Date: Sat Jan 20 2001 - 17:50:08 MST

At 03:56 PM 1/20/01, mez wrote:
>Thank you. I sent Kurzweil mail to see if he can back this up.
>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

If I were Kurzweil, I'd be annoyed. You say his math is sloppy then you
sloppily misrepresent his numbers. Someone borrowed my copy of his book, so
I'm going by an early pre-publication draft, but it only took me a couple
of minutes to find the correct numbers. You are off by four order of
magnitude. He gives a "conservative" estimate of 2 x 10^16, not 10^12.


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