Re: Paths to Uploading

Bryan Moss (
Tue, 5 Jan 1999 20:02:02 -0000

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:

> Roger Penrose thinks that the fundamental units of computation are
> microtubule dimers, which would put the brain at 10^26 ops/second. He
> furthermore speculates that the brain uses quantum computing. I'm not
> sure I believe (guess-that) either, but I wouldn't be the least bit
> surprised.

Speaking of Roger Penrose...

I'm guessing that a large number of people here have read Hans Moravec's new book, Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind, which features a small comic strip featuring a certain Roger. I've never read any of Penrose's books so I don't know if he makes similar comments about Moravec, but I do know he's working on a new book and I had an idea for a comic strip for him to include in it. It's extremely unsubtle (featuring Moravec's consciousness residing in the thermal vibrations of a baboon’s arse) and I doubt Penrose would approve. But if anyone can get me in contact with him I'd be grateful.