Re: Hofstadter Symposium

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue Apr 04 2000 - 20:54:19 MDT

Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 03:58 PM 4/04/00 PDT, Zero wrote:
> >Here's Wired's review:
> >
> >,1284,35106,00.html?tw=wn20000403
> where I found this allegedly hilarious quip:
> < Perhaps the seriousness of the scientific contemplation was best
> illustrated by what passed for comic relief later in the forum, with
> discussion about how Moores Law applies to computer operating systems.
> "The size seems to be Moores Law. Its function is fixed," Joy said at one
> point, drawing howls from the crowd. >
> The size? I.e., the available grunt to run an OS? Why crowd howls? Why
> comic? Am I missing something, or was the reporter?
> Damien [wishing he'd been there]

Translation: Microsoft Windows will require twice as many resources
(CPU instructions, RAM, disk space) every eighteen months to maintain
the same amount of functionality.

--      Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

                 Member, Extropy Institute
           Senior Associate, Foresight Institute

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