X-Message-Number: 25973
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2005 03:02:47 EDT
Subject: Re: CryoNet #25892 To T Donaldson

From T. Donaldson:

> And in any case, just how small will your electrical neuron be
> compared to a real one? 

This is not a problem, first an electronics neuron will run may be 10,000 

time faster than a biochemical one, so one device can simulate 10,000 neurons if
it can be reconfigured. Second, the electronics supported brain will 

communicate with the body using radio links, there is no problem if the brain 
take a 
full room.

>A system designed to implement a program,
> and running that program, looks to me unlikely to have the 
> compactness of a system which is physically designed to do what
> the program does. (A computer model of a pendulum or a fire
> hydrant is far from the best way to make either machine).

See above and don't limit the possibilities to general purpose computers. An 
electronics brain will be more as a "space" where the brain structure is 

implemented. It is unlikely that that "space" will be merly a computer derived 
a PC.

> You can pile as much math as you wish on this problem, but I don't
> think that approach will work at all. (And I'm a mathematician
> by training incidentally). I would start by first creating a
> form of life not based on biotechnology, and see how far I
> can take such a life form.

Maths is the first step to see where we go and how we go here. It is raw 

building material. You idea is very far from what can be done today, my proposal
use (or will use) electronics components on sale now, at least for a first 

prototype. You are lookink at sci.fi. for a 2 - 3 centuries time span at least, 
look at a technology we can start now. 

Yvan Bozzonetti.

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