Technological Singularity By Vernor Vinge
Understanding the detailed mechanisms of human cognition is a task that is subject to this complexity brake. Just think about what is required to thoroughly understand the human brain at a micro level. Every structure has been precisely shaped by millions of years of evolution to do a particular thing, whatever it might be. It is not like a computer, with billions of identical transistors in regular memory arrays that are controlled by a CPU with a few different elements. In the brain every individual structure and neural circuit has been individually refined by evolution and environmental factors. The closer we look at the brain, the greater the degree of neural variation we find.
This means that it reaches a point where all known physical laws are indistinguishable, and space and time are no longer interrelated realities. They both merge indistinguishably and stop having any independent meaning. In physics, there is gravitational singularity or space-time singularity that describes a location in space-time. According to Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, space-time is a place where the gravitational field and density of a celestial body become infinite without depending on a coordinated system. Whenever this happens, the result is unpredictable robot motion and velocities. For example, singularity will occur when a misconfigured robot arm causes the robot to get stuck and stop working.
It is difficult to directly compare silicon-based hardware with neurons. But Berglas notes that computer speech recognition is approaching human capabilities, and that this capability seems to require 0.01% of the volume of the brain. This analogy suggests that modern computer hardware is within a few orders of magnitude of being as powerful as the human brain. Theoretically, this type of singularity would have existed long before the Big Bang. In robotics, singularity is a configuration where the robot end effector becomes blocked in some directions. For example, a serial robot or any six-axis robot arm will have singularities.
I have spent more than half my life building high end water-cooled computers. I share everything I know on myYouTube channel about building custom computers, water-cooling, modifications, over-clocking etc. If growth in digital storage continues at its current rate of 30–38% compound annual growth per year, it will rival the total information content contained in all of the DNA in all of the cells on Earth in about 110 years. This would represent a doubling of the amount of information stored in the biosphere across a total time period of just 150 years”.
Now I wouldn’t dive into this chassis as a first-timer to liquid cooling due to how fragile the acrylic is. You’re better off practicing on a piece of acrylic that’s a little less valuable, but it’s not a totally impossible task. Provided you plan every tiny detail of the build and have some experience beforehand — and accept that you’ll still have to improvise and adapt a bit along the way — building a custom cooling system in the Spectre III will go fine. At least it should; stay tuned for the next chapter of the Blue Shift odyssey to find out.
Creating this kind of advanced software requires a prior scientific understanding of the foundations of human cognition, and we are just scraping the surface of this. The foregoing points at a basic issue with how quickly a scientifically adequate account of human intelligence can be developed. As we go deeper and deeper in our understanding of natural systems, we typically find that we require more and more specialized knowledge to characterize them, and we are forced to continuously expand our scientific theories in more and more complex ways.
Since then, many authors have either echoed this viewpoint or adapted it in their writing. It’s a foundation for a wild, showy, liquid cooling masterpiece, meant to show itself and your hardware off unlike any other chassis, while cooling well and being an absolute blast to work with. But when Singularity Computers reached out asking if we wanted to review its new Spectre III liquid-cooling chassis, we knew we had to do something special with it. So, we’re doing a high-end build after all, just, with last-gen parts instead of the latest and greatest, because that’s what we had at our disposal. And besides, with most of what’s here going under water blocks anyway, it’s not like you’re going to notice whether cutting-edge silicon is hiding underneath. Support our award-winning coverage of advances in science & technology.