Originally Posted by C-bro
That aside, I too noticed the abundance of "OMG Skynet" comments in all the bleeding edge computer tech news stories. I'm curious if this exaflop is being built for a purpose, or if the purpose is solely to see if it can be built.
At some point, much beyond our own means, the world will continue to develop without us, as we lay in the ground, underneath a vastly changed civilization long after we're gone. As much as distemper and contempt in being unchangeable generally stops most of us from civility and general peace with one another, we're just hugging the crutches of chaotic and constantly changing lives that are destined to be ruled by strife and only those with the highest amount of authority and disregard for us(society) as an essence whole.
As technology paces itself into being redeveloped, so does the need for anything statistical, and concurrent modernized figures keep up with the growing need. A petaflop is extraordinary. An exaflop is preposterous to current technology. But again, as I'm saying, the machines are what are necessary. It seems a bit grandiose to give that much potential calculation free range to subderive anything under the sun. Thank God for programming limitations. It would be like giving a neural impulse to a machine and adding the reflexes of a highly intelligent certifiable genius to the reigns.
But it is what it is.... be it Skynet or the Matrix, it'll probably change the way we strive to live, to at least the ones concerned with it.