Re: Singularity Worship

Hara Ra (
Sun, 05 Jan 1997 02:35:03 -0800

Eivind Berge wrote:
> >> >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.
> 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?
I'd rather use 1024!+1, as the primes created by 2^N+1 are the Mersenne
which have been the subject of a lot of computational attention...

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