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Re: Re: starship-design: unmanned missions

In a message dated 2/11/98 12:48:44 PM, andrew@hmm.u-net.com wrote:

>At 20:23 10/02/98 -0600, you wrote:
>>     I agree that manned missions would be dangerous, but I also believe
>>that it would be necessary due to our current standings on improvisation
>>and creativity compared to that of computers. 
>"the capacity of a computer chip will double every year" Gordon Moore 1965
>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
>Andrew West

Computer power has already exceeded that of a human brain in the biggest
systems, but we still are stumbling in our attepts to make A.I.