RE: Goals

O'Regan, Emlyn (
Tue, 18 May 1999 11:55:42 +1000

David Lubkin said (amongst other things, and totally out of context):
>a. There is no limit to how much material wealth someone might want. Only a
>few of
> us can have brains the size of Jupiter in this solar system.

Mark said (also out of context):
And what do you do when you don't have enough resources (e.g. I want to a Jupiter-sized brain to run universe simulations, and I want it *now*),

And also said (you guessed it, out of context) Machine, I want a Jupiter-sized brain. No, I don't care if you have to dismantle all my neighbors and the rest of the planet to build it, just get on and do it. You are there to provide for all my material needs, and
I expect you to do it.

I'm a bit worried about all this talk of Jupiter sized brains (although I'm guilty of it myself).

Wouldn't such a thing be a target? If someone was annoying you who was dependent on a Jupiter sized brain, then wouldn't you be tempted to lob a couple of fusion bombs at it (sorry all you pacifists out there).

Also, in my experience, computers have been getting *smaller* as time wends its way towards whatever it wends its way towards. While we're all doing this "my brain's bigger than yours" stuff, transhumans might be more impressed by tiny, weeny little brains. "I've got the new google-flops processor(s) running my brain, it's made out of quarks, and is the size of the head of a match - oh wait, I've dropped it, hey, guys, can you help me find my brain, it's here somewhere, no, don't step there, aaarrgghhhh *gurgle*).

Anyway, surely it would play hell with your neck muscles.


ps: Some things just can't be fixed by good posture.