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Originally posted by omarsharif
Can a $1.5bn supercomputer save humanity?
Originally posted by Beancounter72
As for this actual project, I'm astonished that the politicians who authorized this boondoggle, don't understand the first law of computing. GIGO
It stands for Garbage In, Garbage Out. Supecomputers are fast but they're not smart. They only calculate what the programmers tell them to. The programming is limited to human comprehension and understanding of the processes involved. Human events are the product of millions of decisions made each day by us. Even if a computer somehow knew what those decisions were, how would it be able to calculate the impact of those decisions(and tomorrow's and the day after's, etc.) not just in the immediate future but also in the long term because some decisions have no immediate impact but do have long term impacts.
Originally posted by muzzleflash
1.5 billion $ could save humanity.
If we spent it on food, improving production, safety etc.
So dropping it all on a single computer that will be obsolete in 5years is a HUGE waste, imo.
BTW As a kid I was a HUGE Sim Earth fan! One of my favorite games from way back in the day!
[edit on 5-5-2010 by muzzleflash]