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From: Gurth <gurth@******.NL>
Subject: 1 more thing about cybertech (fwd)
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 1995 11:34:41 +0200
I got this from someone, and forwarded it to Shadowrn. I thought this might
be of interest to the things we're (supposed to be :) discussing here...

>Read this on the Dinosaur discussion list, of all places. Thought you
>might find it interesting. Wish he had given (or had to give) more
>info about who was doing this.
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Wed, 9 Aug 1995 00:29:34 -0400
>From: GSP1954@***.com
>To: Multiple recipients of list <dinosaur@*******>
>Subject: 1 more thing about cybertech
>The subject was supposed to be Why Dinosaur and human extinction is good,
>whhhhhhhhhhhhhy why turned out so is unknown to this mass parallel
>processing, analog-digital, electro-chemical 100 teraflop paleocomputer.
>I know I said I was closing on the subject for now, but just saw a report on
>CNN that was too cool not to mention. Seems that the mad scientists as Univ S
>CA claim to have exactly determined the operations of a very tiny part of the
>brain. Showed two walls of equations that supposedly describe the function of
>the neural network in full. They have also built a chip that performs these
>functions exactly the same way the neurons do, the functions of the
>"artifical" chip cannot be told apart from the "natural" device.
>The purpose is to use the chips to replace brain parts lost to damage (so t
>hey are also working on ways to hook the chips up with the brain). The chips
>are still large, and they predicted 20 yrs until the brain chips are put in
>people. Why they said so long
> when they seem to far along already is mysterious, but in any case the
>implications are obvious. Keep putting together more and more of these chips
>as they get smaller and smaller, and pretty soon you have a complete
>artifical brain! No need for the sloppy old affair we have been stuck with so
>Even I was so shocked that I had to visit the emergency room to have my jaw
>replaced. My coauthor who knows a lot more about what's up in cybertech was
>surprised to hear about it.
>The cyberfuture approaches faster and faster. Humanity will soon be dead,
>long live cyberintelligence!

Gurth@******.nl - Gurth@***.nl -
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