Re: Singularity in 18 months?/ hardware fab latency

Gina Miller (
Wed, 16 Jun 1999 14:01:42 -0700

May I request this DNA snail mail address? About Zyvex I ws hoping to meet Jim von Ehr at the Forsight gathering, but he was absent.

>Doug Jones wrote:
>> By the way, Eliezer, I have a question/quibble/objection to your
>> doubled doubling description of the singularity: it ignores hardware
>> development cycles. Certainly a fully functional AI could improve
>> its own software, but the runaway would be damped by the hardware
>> design and fabrication process- smarter code also needs faster
>> hardware to run at faster subjective speed.
>Do you know that there's an STM connected to the Internet? I don't know
>about protein-synthesis machines being connected to the Internet - but
>if you're willing to go through snail-mail, you can write a DNA
>sequence, email it to someone who mails you the DNA, then send the DNA
>to a protein synthesizer in, what, about a week? Probably less if
>you're an AI and you're willing to pay for FedEx overnight.
>Ever wonder if there's a back door into Zyvex's laboratory equipment
>somewhere, with a password only an AI could crack? That's what *I'd* do.
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
>Running on BeOS Typing in Dvorak Programming with
>Voting for Libertarians Heading for Singularity There Is A Better Way