Re: Singularity Worship

Eivind Berge (
Wed, 1 Jan 1997 13:47:04 +0100 (MET)

>> >I could calculate 5203^127, albeit pretty slowly.
>> And find the prime factors? You wouldn't have the time, The Big Crunch,
>> The heat death of the Universe or Tipler's Omega Point would happen first.
>Tut Tut. The prime factors of 5203^127 are simple to find. Now
>5203^127+1 is
>an entirely different matter....

In the sci.skeptic FAQ, it is suggested that if you meet some aliens,
you ask for the complete prime factorization of 2^1024+1. Can these
factors be found by anyone, and when will we be able to do it? Any
suggestions for a better question to ask?

Eivind Berge