14.0412 the line between humans and computers will increasingly blur....

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 412.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
             Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 20:08:51 +0100
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: Relationship between Human and Computers: A Challenge to 
    AI research?
    Dear humanist scholars,
    Hi, I thought..this excerpt might interest you, forwarded via "Edupage, 19
    June 2000". Thank you..
    The line between humans and computers will increasingly blur in the
    future, as cell-sized robots called nanobots allow scientists to make
    computer-based models of the human brain and to enhance human minds with
    nanobot implants, writes Ray Kurzweil. Nanobots will likely be able to
    scan the inside of the brain by 2030, enabling researchers to
    reverse-engineer the brain. Nonbiological models of the brain will be able
    to learn more quickly than humans, since the replicas will be able to
    easily share information with other computers.  In addition, the models
    will run on systems that are over 10 million times faster than the brain's
    electrochemical processes.  Neural computers will surpass the brain's
    basic computational power by a significant amount, combining humans'
    diverse skills with machines' speed, accuracy, and data-sharing
    capability.  Nanobots will also enable completely realistic, immersive
    virtual reality, so that visiting a Web site would mean interacting in a
    life-like virtual environment in which natural human senses would be
    replaced with signals designed for the virtual realm. (Time, 19 June 2000)
    Kind Regards
    Arun Tripathi

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