[ExI] From Arms Race to Joint Venture

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Fri Oct 26 17:50:33 UTC 2018

On Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 2:44 AM Ben Zaiboc <ben at zaiboc.net> wrote:

>* the evolved machines that we call people are much more complex than the
> designed machines that we currently make,*

Until very recently I would have strongly agreed but not so much now. Just
a few months ago the USA regained the crown of having the fastest computer
in the world after China had it for 4 years, the Summit computer at Oak
Ridge can do 200 Petaflops per second. But Summit won't hold the crown for
long, both the USA, China and Japan are working on a Exascale computer and
one of them could be online as early as next year. Exascale (10^18 floating
point operations per second) is interesting because it is thought to be
roughly the information processing capacity of the human brain.

  > *no two people are identical. *

Even today it would be hard to find 2 computers that were identical, even
if they had the same hardware and software they probably didn't start to
run the same program at the same time.

*> they are the product of natural (i.e. random) processes*

A key part of Evolution is natural selection and that is not random.

John K Clark
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