On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 1:27 PM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com>wrote:

>  >>> What can you do with your computer that you couldn't do five years
>>> ago?
>> >> Do a good job at understanding the human voice. Beat the 2 best human
>> players at Jeopardy.  Drive a car safely for many miles over very rough
>> terrain. Discovering that 2^43112609 -1 ( a number with 12,978,189 digits)
>> is a prime number. Improving in it's ability to play the game of "Go" from
>> being routinely beaten by a child to occasionally beating professional Go
>> players.
> > Hardly world-transforming achievements. Incremental improvements in very
> limited specialized tasks, games, abstractions...

Driving a car is not an abstraction, and anyway abstractions are what
humans are supposed to be good at. And to most billionaires life is a game
and money just the way to keep score.

> The improvement of manufacturing in the 20th century was orders of
> magnitude more significant.

Which would not have happened without computers.

 John K Clark

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