X-Message-Number: 27320
From: "Jordan Sparks" <>
Subject: Slurry and ribosome simulation
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2005 09:09:48 -0800

The slurry idea is fantastic.  I've been struggling with my ice bath design
specifically because I want something colder than ice.  Most ice baths don't
even submerge the patient in ice water, but rather pump it up to flow over
the top of the patient.  It's no wonder the cooling takes so long.  Since my
plan is to completely submerge the patient in ice water, my ice bath is
going to have to be very strong.  But I've been feeling like I was missing
something and now I know what it is!   I need to stick the patient in a
giant slushy.  Water needs to be drained off as the slushy melts, and we
need to essentially have a giant snocone machine in the transport vehicle to
get the ice particles smaller.  This also happens to solve a number of other
issues.  A circulation pump won't be needed, just a drain hole with a valve.
Also, it won't slosh around as much during transport even with the large
volume of water.  Eureka!!  My ice bath design problem is solved.  I'd like
my margarita blended please instead of on the rocks.  Hold the salt.
The ribosome simulation is cool, but I think it only serves to illustrate
how stupid computers still are.  When people talk about super intelligent
computers being just around the corner, I usually laugh out loud.  One
ribosome? Do you know how small a ribosome is compared to a cell?  And how
many cells there are in our bodies?  We have a LONG LONG way to go, even
with geometric growth.  And don't anybody even suggest that my computer is
going to be able to 'think' within 30 years.  I'm a computer programmer, and
I just about throw it out the window on a regular basis.  I used to think
that computers would achieve human level intelligence around 2025.  Now I'm
pushing that prediction out past 2035.  Isn't it funny how all the
revolutionary stuff is always 20 to 30 years away.  It's a moving target.
And don't get me started on uploading.  Not only would the simulation need
to be realtime, but also very resiliant.  The best solution for resiliance
is to use physical rewiring rather than software.  Wait! That's how our
brains do it.  I would rather gradually replace brain cells with artificial
brain cells that perform the same function.  So something like a 50 year
progression of cyborgism gradually transforming me to completely artificial.
But we are at least 50 years from being able to even start that process.
Jordan Sparks

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