[ExI] Vermis ex machina

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Sun Mar 1 14:16:41 UTC 2015



From: extropy-chat [mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of Rafal Smigrodzki


>…Also, the brain is made of very low-reliability computational elements, with MTBF probably measured in hours (a guess on my part, not knowledge). Running a simulation using more reliable elements would allow for using a much smaller number of elements. What is the MTBF of a transistor?




Interesting point.  If a transistor is not run near its capacity, the MTBF of some configurations of transistor is still not known.  I have an HP calculator from college that still works.  I don’t know how many millions of transistors those things have, but every one of them is apparently operational still, which means the MTBF of that type of transistor used in that application would be many thousands of years, even using the most gloomy models we have.



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