Miracle? All of it.


Fashionable descriptions of the inevitable triumph of machine intelligence (over man) contain many critical biases and assumptions that could derail them from turning into reality. […]

Our brains use energy at a rate of about 20 watts. If you wanted to upload yourself intact into a machine using current computing technology, you’d need a power supply roughly the same as that generated by the Three Gorges Dam hydroelectric plant in China, the biggest in the world. To take our species, all 7.3 billion living minds, to machine form would require an energy flow of at least 140,000 petawatts. That’s about 800 times the total solar power hitting the top of Earth’s atmosphere. Clearly human transcendence might be a way off.

~ Caleb Scharf, Where Do Minds Belong

Find more at Steve Layman’s Blog: A Power Shortage. (Thank you Steve)


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  1. we are pretty amazing, aren’t we? only a matter of time though? or never to be attained?

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  2. I think that’s why all those AI stories *start* with a completely SciFi kind of hardware (or wet-ware). Asimov & Clark weren’t idiots.

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  3. See Ex Machina. See Ex Machina. See Ex Machina….

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  4. Man, in this, as in other matters, has certainly over stepped his bounds.

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  5. roseanne333 says:

    Imagine! It’s hard to conceptualize and understand that much energy.

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  6. Clearly, after reading your previous Miracle post … (https://davidkanigan.com/2016/02/27/miracle-all-of-it-7/) … and then reading this one immediately after, my mind does not belong here any more this morning. I’m tapping out for the day. I’ll let you know how many snowmen appear!

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