FQXi: Ultimate possibilities for technology and life

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Published on March 8, 2009

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What can Technology Ultimately Make Possible, and What are the Ultimate Possibilities for Life?

What can Technology Ultimately Make Possible, and What are the Ultimate Possibilities for Life? March 8, 2009 Melanie Swan Principal MS Futures Group Palo Alto, CA +1-650-681-9482 [email_address] http://www.melanieswan.com Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/LaBlogga/slideshows

What is the future of intelligence? 1 Source: Top 500, June 2008, http://www.top500.org/lists/2008/06, http://www.top500.org/system/8968, http://www.crn.com/hardware/208403186 2 Source: http://paula.univ.gda.pl/~dokgrk/bre01.html Machine Human IBM Roadrunner: 1 petaflop/s (>1,000 trillion IPS) and 80 TB memory 1 Unlimited operational/build knowledge Quick upgrade cycles: performance capability doubling every 18 months Linear, von Neumann architecture Understands rigid language Special purpose problem solving (Deep Blue, Chinook, ATMs, fraud detection) Metal chassis, easy to backup An estimated 20,000 trillion IPS and 1,000 TB memory 2 Limited operational/build knowledge Slow upgrade cycles: 10,000 year evolutionary adaptations Massively parallel architecture Understands flexible, fuzzy language General purpose problem solving, works well in new situations Nucleotide chassis, no backup possible

IBM Roadrunner: 1 petaflop/s (>1,000 trillion IPS) and 80 TB memory 1

Unlimited operational/build knowledge

Quick upgrade cycles: performance capability doubling every 18 months

Linear, von Neumann architecture

Understands rigid language

Special purpose problem solving (Deep Blue, Chinook, ATMs, fraud detection)

Metal chassis, easy to backup

An estimated 20,000 trillion IPS and 1,000 TB memory 2

Limited operational/build knowledge

Slow upgrade cycles: 10,000 year evolutionary adaptations

Massively parallel architecture

Understands flexible, fuzzy language

General purpose problem solving, works well in new situations

Nucleotide chassis, no backup possible

Source: http://www.kurzweilai.net/pps/Unither Full human brain neural simulation estimate: 2018

Biotechnology speedups: 12 months (vs. 18) Source: http://www.synthesis.cc/graphics/carlson_cost_per_base_nov_08.jpg

Reengineering life into technology All matter (including life) designed to spec Purpose-driven form factors Elective embodiment Issues Transhumanism, posthumanism Multiple persistent copies What is intelligence? Purpose of humans, of intelligence? The ultimate possibilities for life and technology: a function of the ability to physically manipulate the universe Image: Natasha Vita-More, Primo Posthuman

All matter (including life) designed to spec

Purpose-driven form factors

Elective embodiment

Issues

Transhumanism, posthumanism

Multiple persistent copies

What is intelligence?

Purpose of humans, of intelligence?

The ultimate possibilities for life and technology: a function of the ability to physically manipulate the universe

Thank you March 8, 2009 Melanie Swan Principal MS Futures Group Palo Alto, CA +1-650-681-9482 [email_address] http://www.melanieswan.com Source: http://www.hetemeel.com/einsteinform.php Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/LaBlogga/slideshows

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