International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing at the Salt Palace

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Mon May 14 2001 - 09:07:00 MDT

'Virtual reality' is on horizon - really,1249,270017782,00.html
      By 2020, you'll still be able to tell what's real from what's not. But
by 2030, as tactile immersion is achieved, there will be "no clear distinction
between virtual reality and reality," [Ray Kurzweil] said.
The computer as we know it will become as obsolete as an 8-track cassette
because everything's getting smaller, Kurzweil said. Eventually, transistors
will be as small as a few atoms. Processing power is doubling every year. The
very near future holds "ubiquitous high bandwidth."
      As those factors merge, he said, we will be computing all the time,
though we won't use computers.

Stay hungry,

--J. R.

Useless hypotheses:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism

     Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
     but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
     (Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)

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