optimize! optimize! optimize!

Anton Sherwood (dasher@netcom.com)
Sat, 20 Sep 1997 06:17:27 -0700 (PDT)

Geoff Smith writes
: I will give you 3 points will together will give you much grief:
: 1. Your brain is fragile- you will lose neurons whether you age or not.
: 2. You have a finite number of neurons.
: 3. Your neurons do not grow back.
: 4. You (I assume) want to live for a long time.
: My recommendation to you: you might want to research more than just
: aging ;) (unless you can live with a dwindling number of neurons)

Point taken but--
I'd bet that our brains use two or three times as much logic
as they need to. Unfortunately there's no such thing as an
optimizing compiler for brains. But we make new agents faster
than we lose neurons, so we've got a long way to go before
neuron loss exceeds our capacity to work around it.

I'm reminded of a certain artifact in AFUTD which can't be altered
because its design, which is not modular, can be understood only
by a Transcedent mind.

: I don't plan on being obsolete.

"Sooner or later someone is going to make your product obsolete.
Make sure it's you." ---Edwin Land (paraphrased)

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