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New This thing is scary
I always thought real ai would show up after I died. But this might be a building block.

https://venturebeat.com/2020/11/17/cerebras-wafer-size-chip-is-10000-times-faster-than-a-gpu/

Here's the quote that hit me:

Feldman noted that the CS-1 can finish calculations faster than real time, meaning it can start the simulation of a power plant’s reaction core when the reaction starts and finish the simulation before the reaction ends.
New Not just that
"The Joule Supercomputer costs tens of millions of dollars to build, with 84,000 CPU cores spread over dozens of racks, and it consumes 450 kilowatts of power.

"In this demo, the Joule Supercomputer used 16,384 cores, and the Cerebras computer was 200 times faster, according to energy lab director Brian Anderson. Cerebras costs several million dollars and uses 20 kilowatts of power."

Orders of magnitude faster, cheaper, and more energy efficient. Damn.
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Drew
New Yeah, I caught that
This one is a game changer on price/performance. So then it become a matter of the software catching up. Not sure if it's possible, but a couple of racks of these cpus scare me.
New ..Time to retell: the plural of opus is 'opera'--Engrish! ..aIn't it cute? :-þ
... Grand Opera IS: a series of small 'works'. As, in fact it IS!
New Wow!
It's amazing that that many processors work on single silicon wafer. Usually some processors have flaws and are tossed away after being separated from others on the same silicon wafer. My guess is that it's still true but to a much lesser degree and they a have a technique to isolate flawed processors so that have no effect on the rest of the system.

Manufacturing must have advanced a great deal in recent years.

And the processing speed when all the processors are so close is incredible.
Alex

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-- Isaac Asimov
New Thus: the biggest yet imaginable brainz-surrogate is ..just a whole lot of fast switches. Still.
..and our brainz were designed by that Evolution guy/gal/Entity ..a few hundred-K years ago.

Obsolete at birth. Good to know. :-/
(What if our genome gets hacked--in a short while--by a Drumpf-like bogus-AI consortium?)
     This thing is scary - (crazy) - (5)
         Not just that - (drook) - (2)
             Yeah, I caught that - (crazy) - (1)
                 ..Time to retell: the plural of opus is 'opera'--Engrish! ..aIn't it cute? :-þ - (Ashton)
         Wow! - (a6l6e6x) - (1)
             Thus: the biggest yet imaginable brainz-surrogate is ..just a whole lot of fast switches. Still. - (Ashton)

I've spent an unreasonable amount of thought on the line Janet sings in Rocky Horror: "His lust is so sincere". Now, on the surface, that's a big "DUH!" because that's the nature of lust. But wait: Brad has earlier sung about how hot he is for her, and it's pretty clear he's just being conventional. Brad's lust is not sincere.

Now, I could swill green mead and gnaw raw meat with sincere lust. As for kimchee and lutefisk, well, those would be just for effect. And if I'm just going for effect, I might as well wear a tie. And pants.


-- mhuber
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