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Current state of computer & memory technology vs. state of human culture

While comparing the formal values of computer performance and

the relevant memory volume with the best estimate of human features expressed in similar terms, one may come to conclusion that the technology already overpasses the humans’ intellectual power.

Such conclusion would be, certainly, naïve: computers are still just big calculators having neither intuition, nor real association, nor ability to overcome the rigid frame of initial axioms to jump to the next floor of the Godel’s perpetual staircase of ever broadening logic systems.

However, the power of contemporary data-processing and data-storage technology truly exceeds the humanity’ IP asset and the pace of its growth.

Continuing progress of information technology at present time is more about communication and control that about true values.

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The life-long performance of the greatest humans in computer’s terms

would be never too high

In such computer-taste scale, the symbolic/universal language of scientists will be inferior to combined symbolic/analog language of writers who would be

still inferior to pure analog language of artists

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Another paradox may be encountered between intellectual creativity and senseless communications

What would happen if all 5 billions of adult humans suddenly became geniuses?

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In another extreme scenario, what would happen if all 5 billions of adult humans suddenly lost their intellectual power and may only say “Hello”, but everybody wants to say it to everybody?

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3,800,000,000 years of evolution was billions years long raising and training of human brain for solution of most complex, changeable, unexpected problems. But the human brain is not as powerful in quick solution of simple problems. The world champions in that would be mongoose (gold medal) and cobra (silver medal). But no creature may compete in speed with machines; for humans, diminishing complexity and diversity of brain’ task is equal to jump down from their evolution position; collision between humans and machines can become tragedy as it happened with countless thousands people with introduction of moving assembly.

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COMPUTER POWER VS. HUMAN INTELLECT

Certainly, the creative capabilities of computers should not be overestimated. But every kind of human activity which the human had comprehended in scientific respect, the electronics and automatics will be able subsequently accomplish with no less power than human.

The crystal can do with information everything that we can do, if only we know in advance what exactly we have to do with it.

V.F.Dorfman, On the Border of Millenniums, Moscow, 1982,p.63

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Virtual Will and real Competition

Although computer has no its own will,

behind of the Computer

are the interests and wills of individuals,

corporations, organizations and government.

Thus, computer is getting a ‘virtual will’.

Competition between people and computer become a real reality.

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Competition between humans and computers for occupation

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Ancient model of Humanity

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NEW MODEL OF HUMANITY

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Coming model of Humanity

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Start of modern technology was tied with medical tasks. Intervention in brain starts now with the same noble purpose

2004

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Computers: technology, performance and impact on our life: What is predictable, what is not?CONCLUSION

  • The trends of actual development for all major kinds of computers and computer elements up to the current moment correspond to forecast plotted over two decades ago*. Such forecast is possible due to general laws of systems’ development not depending on specific features of technology or physical principles of elements. This development will continue to systems’ limits and may be further forecasted. Although solid state electronics will persist as the computer base over the next two decades, and development of physics may never stop, the further progress in computers’ performance will be predominantly due to advance in their structural hierarchy. (continued)

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Computers: technology, performance and impact on our life: What is predictable, what is not?CONCLUSION

  • On the element levels, progress to “nano”, shift from classical “statistical” phenomena to singular quantum events and molecular data-processing systems will make possible simulation of both inorganic and organic world based on life-like elementary phenomena, and analog principles will eventually return into computers. Solid-state electronics will remain in the core processor due to its universality, speed, reliability and accuracy, and computer will transform into hybrid digit-analog faster-than-real-time simulating system. On technology levels, the crucial are self-aligning and self-assembling, on system levels – self-reservation, self-diagnostic and self-repair. The slogan “self” is as important as “nano” and “quantum”. Still, as it was shown decades ago, it is the level of interconnectivity - the key factor of brain’s advantage; due to basic features of planar technology, solid state computer will never be able to reach the brain complexity. (CONTINUED)

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Computers: technology, performance and impact on our life: What is predictable, what is not?CONCLUSION

  • Each hierarchical level of evolving computer structure has limits of complexity and performance; the further computers’ development will be stratified. Each stratum signifies new data processing power exceeding certain natural capability of humans. In spite computer has no real intuition of brain, this superpower of data processing implies deep impact on humanity. In the core of future impact - increasing predictability of nearly all aspects of individual and social life. It will better protect individual life from natural dangers: internal illnesses and external hazards. Personal computer combined with miniature bio-devices will acquire power of medical diagnosis and even therapy; meteorological and seismic prognosis will reach high accuracy, etc. (CONTINUED)

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Computers: technology, performance and impact on our life: What is predictable, what is not?CONCLUSION

  • But new technology will magnify both symbiotic and antagonistic relationship between individuality and sociality. It may change political paradigm of state and power and transform all institutions of insurance industry. Individual and society become more vulnerable to high-tech-based violence, from terrorism to thieves of individuality, even biological. Not only the world becomes open and transparent, but every individual as well. Differently from technical trends, social development cannot be deterministically predicted because it does depend on individual human will.

    Future of progeny depends on wisdom of ancestors.

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Background

  • From the end of 1960s the author was a member of Council for Microelectronics, a scientific-technical Institution that had no political power but had decisive voice in development of general strategy for electronic and computer industry in the USSR. He was responsible for computer elements for non-military machines.

  • In 1976, he was invited to write a general analysis in this field for jubilee issue (in the even of 60-years anniversary of the USSR) of Soviet Journal of Microelectronics. Between the major conclusions of his analysis were the following:

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Background

  • 1. Superconductor elements, even if the high-temperature superconductivity discovered (that had really happened some 10 years later on) cannot essentially increase maximum computer’ performance.

  • 2. No alternative for silicon transistors may be indicated between all the known physical principles or materials, while between the silicon transistors the key role would play the low-energy (CMOS) but not the fastest (like ESL) transistors, and gallium arsenide transistors may have only limited applications, predominantly for military machines.

  • 3. The problem of defects will progressively grow with the IC complexity growth, and the most effective approach to overcome it should be the concept “chip-system” or “wafer-system” with intrinsic reservation and self-repair functions.

  • 4. If all the past progress of microelectronics is mostly due to active elements (transistors, etc.), then with the further advance of the level of IC integration the interconnections will progressively play more decisive role.

  • 5. It is the level of interconnectivity represents the key factor of the brain’s advantage, and due to the basic features of planar technology the solid state computer will never be able to reach the brain complexity.

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Background

  • The first three conclusions prompted the Soviet Government for immediate actions: all projects in superconducting computers were completely closed (prior to my analysis those projects included building of a few secrete electronic cities), gallium arsenide projects diminished to strictly specialized military projects, and the project “wafer-system” had been established (perhaps, it was premature in that time) in major electronic center in Zelenograd.

  • BUT: Publication of the article was strictly forbidden during 10 years.

  • Still, the conclusions “4” regarding interconnection was published in monograph “Micrometallurgy in Microelectronics” (Moscow, 1978), and it was recognized during recent presentation in Intel.

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Mask for magnetic bubble memory. Design rule 1.5 mmImmersion lithography February 1978

This is an example of approach developed in the author’s Moscow Laboratory equipped with 5 to 7-year lag behind of the time that forced to find solution in about 26 years ahead of the time

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