World's most powerful supercomputer designed to help save planet Earth.

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  1. Jack Briggs

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    Now it's up to the US to get one up on Japan. It's gonna be hard to top it though. Guess Sun microsystems and SGI better get crackin.

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    Save the Earth? But Japan doesn't have a nuclear arsenal that it can take control over and launch against all humanity. [​IMG]
    Seriously though, I don't see how modeling the weather will save the Earth from human greed, arrogance, and stupidity. Of course this could just be a stepping stone to an Asimov-esque future where supercomputers can predict human behavior. [​IMG]
     
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    i cant wait 12 years when this is under my desk, and i'm using it to type papers. the rule if thumb i keep hearing is, a million dollar computer is in your home in 10 years. meaning it costs about $3000. seems to hold true. but by then i doubt that computers will still hold the same shape, we will all be using glorified terminals, and renting out software. sucks, donut?

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    Thanks for the link Jack. I have to say that our need to be in first place in all things, does bring about some side benefits—such as more funds to develop computers.
    Now if the Japanese would just get into manned space exploration. [​IMG]
     
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    what's really great about this kind of technology is the other avenues it opens up.
    i bet it won't be long before people start buying "processor time" on this thing for their own purposes. with this kind of power under their feet, they'll be able to pursue their own requirements with a newfound zeal.
    kind of like the first time i played doom on a p3. well...okay...maybe not exactly, but i think the comparison stands merit. [​IMG]
     
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    Interesting, I wonder if we're getting closer and closer to building a supercomputer like Colossus from The Forbin Project, in control of everything, a computer so powerful it nukes a Russian town just to get everyone's attention.[​IMG]
     
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    I think the idea of computers as would-be Nuclear Dictators (a la T2 and Forbin) is nothing but a Hollywood fantasy, designed to play on what Isaac Asimov referred to as the "Frankenstein Complex". I say to the idea of ever-more-powerful computers: Bring them on!!
     
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    i agree robert - after all, computers will still have an electrical plug won't they? if not they better think twice before hard-wiring them into the power-grid! [​IMG]
     
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    Now if I could just sneak a SETI client with my user name on that bad boy. [​IMG]
     
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    i agree robert - after all, computers will still have an electrical plug won't they? if not they better think twice before hard-wiring them into the power-grid!
    Benjamin, I have one thing I want to say to you. Are you listening? Solar Power.
    Since the Japanese pretty much have the predicting the weather laptop down, lets make one ten times bigger then theirs and do AI.
     
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    Yeah, but can this puppy calculate the question to the answer of the meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything? [​IMG]
     
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    42.

    How old was Elvis when he died?
     
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    I also dont think we'll see computing as a subscription become too popular. It reminds me a lot of divx.
     
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    Rob: please note that I gave the question above.
     
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    I remember a classic SF short story, prob by Asimov, where the worlds greatest scientists made the ultimate super computer, and the first question they asked it was: "Does God Exist?"
    The computers answer...
    "He does now!" [​IMG]
     

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