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Re: starship-design: unmanned missions
On Wed, 11 Feb 1998 18:36:18 +0000 A West <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>"the capacity of a computer chip will double every year" Gordon Moore
>Since then, every year to 18 months, computer power has doubled.
>If this trend continues, we will unimaginably powerful computers in 50
>years time - maybe like comparing the on-board computers in the space
>shuttle to the PC I am sending this mail with....
>Never underestimate the potential computers have - soon they will reach
>the sort of speeds you might need to write a program that can improvise
>and be creative....
All computers have their limits, even the ones on the shuttle. Besides,
there were a system malfunction, you could not guarantee that the system
could fix itself. With manned missions, however, if there were a system
malfunction, the crew could fix it if, it were fixable. The odds of a
controlled ship succeeding in a mission would be better with at least a
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