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« on: July 28, 2013, 04:00:58 AM »

Looks like China's supercomputer is about twice the speed of our best in US, unless
the US gov is hiding one under a mountain. lol


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The TOP500 is a ranking of the world's 500 most powerful supercomputers. China’s
Tianhe-2 achieves 33.86 petaflops, while the Cray Titan reaches 17.59 petaflops,
and IBM's Sequoia ranks third at 17.17 petaflops.



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Increasingly, neuroscientists have turned their attention to the daunting task of
modeling the human brain. The Blue Brain project at the École Polytechnique Fédérale
de Lausanne in Switzerland, led by Henry Markram, aims to create a complete,
virtual human brain. The project scientists are using an IBM Blue Gene supercomputer
to simulate the molecular structures of real mammalian brains. In 2006, Blue Brain
successfully simulated a complete column of neurons in the rat brain.

http://news.yahoo.com/incredible-technology-supercomputers-solve-giant-problems-153719212.html




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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2013, 05:33:21 AM »

Din't know the difference was that outsized. That's a whole lotta flops.

Interesting at the end they say that the emerging problem will be energy not computational power. I didn't understand that till we were in the cloud business and had to deal with it. Power is the problem. Network's easy. Power and cooling it is much harder.
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2013, 05:56:37 AM »

Well, if they can build a nuclear powered submarine...
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2013, 05:42:07 PM »

This thread is about a computer virtual brain, but now scientists are actually
growing brain tissue in the lab:

http://news.yahoo.com/scientists-grow-mini-human-brains-stem-cells-170108118.html


Maybe you don't find that impressive, how about a remote controlled human brain?

http://news.yahoo.com/u-scientist-operates-colleagues-brain-across-campus-192819627.html

Like the article says, they might be able to create an army of animals operated
by remote human brains.  The human thinks "run" and the animal runs.  The animals,
different breeds for different terrains, (and rats for economy), could carry embedded
explosives and be detonated at any time. 

This gives new meaning to "boots on the ground".

Of course, we have animal rights activists that will try to stop this, but if we don't
develop it, someone else will.

Chilling!
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2013, 11:20:42 PM »

We must be reading much of the same stuff. I read some similar things in the last several days, I agree it semester way more creepy than beneficial. I don't see any non-scary purpose for controlling animals - if it's too scary to send a human in, and you have to CONTROL an animal to do it then it must be pretty horrible.

I think it's all incredible impressive. But like you allude, it's most likely pretty scary as well.

The notion of creating a brain in a lab is 50-50 to me. From a calculation perspective, it may be really awesome. From a perspective of assisting in the repair of people that have been afflicted by dementia and/or Alzheimer's and the like is strong. But blend the Goodall extension of that in with something like this : http://www.wired.com/design/2013/07/distributed-flight-array-modular-self-assembling-flying-robots/ and you can get to Terminator without breaking a sweat.
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