Re: "Singularity Watcher" Website

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Wed Apr 19 2000 - 11:14:03 MDT

>From: Robert Bradbury <>
>Eliezer, have you given any thought to the possibility that as we
>what the architecture needs to do better, we will construct more efficient
>ways of doing it? For example, the recently announced (French?) chip
>(for $6) that would do most of what the human vision system does in
>terms of things like object tracking. I really doubt it is close to
>the optic nerve in power, but would seem to have collapsed the necessary
>algorithms onto current hardware. Similarly the software that now
>does voice recognition or even OCR. That stuff runs on hardware that
>is probably much slower than equivalent brain areas.
>If Calvin *is* correct, I would have to believe the functionality of
>the # of columns in the brain can be collapsed into hardware that
>requires much less processing power.

Yeah, and my guess is that since the brain is so redundantly redundant, we
could probably mimick its functionality (if not its reliability) with *far*
less processing power than we each carry around in our noggins.


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