Foresight Update 23.22: HEPP: Human Equivalent Processing Power - May 28, 2009
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In Beyond AI, my book about the future of artificial intelligence and machine ethics, I made a prediction about how much processing power would be needed for an AI and how long it would take to get it assuming Moore's Law…
New rotors could help develop nanoscale generators. In collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, scientists have investigated the rotation of molecules on a fixed surface to understand how they may help in the development of future rotor-based machinery at nanoscale level…
What kind of software will AIs run? This is of some interest, because it will tell us how much the current flowering of parallel hardware will actually get us toward human equivalent processing power. Ahmdel's Law holds: If the task of being intelligent is strongly serial, all those processors won't help much. If it's parallelizable, they will, and that means that the hardware for AI is basically here…
From The Gulf Times via Nanowerk:
The proposal for establishing an Arab Council on Nanotechnology (ACON) was presented by Al-Quds University's Mukhles Sowwan while discussing about 'Nanotechnology and molecular manufacturing: Towards balanced plans for responsible worldwide use…
from Nanowerk News:
Held at a former air force base in Victorville, Calif. in late 2007, the DARPA Urban Challenge offered a $3.5 million purse to competitors who could design the fastest and safest vehicles that could traverse a 60-mile urban course in moving traffic in less than six hours…
An interesting question was posed to my "Do the math" post of last week. What does this have to do with nanotechnology? A little history helps, as usual…
Longtime Foresight associates may remember Robert Birge, then of Syracuse, who spoke at the very first Foresight Conference in 1989. He has just won the Connecticut Medal of Science for his work in photoactive biochemicals…
Some interesting developments in memories…
Nominations are now open for the Foresight Institute Prizes for 2009, due June 30.
Our best-known prizes of course are the two annual Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes in Nanotechnology, one for Experiment and one for Theory…
If you connect a 12-volt battery to a 4-ohm lamp, 3 amps of current will flow through the circuit by Ohm's Law, V=IR. Power = VI = 36 watts will be dissipated by the lamp.…
There is at Technology Review's arXiv blog an article "How to find bugs in giant software programs." It's an overview of a paper on arXiv which is a statistical study of program sizes and bug distributions in the Eclipse dataset of Java programs.…
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