If anyone's going to be successful,
it's DARPA. Unlimited funds and a
mandate to invent the future.
They're responsible for GPS, Stealth
(re: a computer mouse)
This. How many people use this every
day... a billion?
How do we tell if it's alive?
There's a test -- named after the
father of computing science, Alan
Turing -- that measures a machine's
ability to demonstrate intelligence.
A Turing machine is a minimal
idealization of a computer. It consists of a line of cells known as the tape with an active element called the head that
moves back and forth on the tape and changes the color of cells according to a set of rules. For various initial
conditions (x-axis), the plot shows the
number of times the head changes direction in the first 50 steps of the evolution of the Turing machine. For this
Demonstration, 4096 Turing machines in each of four classes have been randomly chosen.
How do we know if a rose is real?
A photograph of an ROSE -
If it looks like a rose, but you
touch it and it's in two dimensions,
it's only a photo.
The graph shows a walk along a Maurer rose in
steps of ddegrees (including rotations) with either n or 2n
petals, according to whether n is odd or even. Varying z scales the degrees.
DARPA was created the day after
Sputnik to make sure it never
happened again. The farther ahead we
get, the safer your family is.
Have you ever wondered what you could
do with unlimited resources?
October 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Russian satellite Sputnik 1, the first human-made object to
orbit the Earth. The satellite was carried into orbit on a Soviet R-7 rocket and had a height of 228 km at perigee
(closest point to Earth) and a height of 945 km at apogee (farthest point from Earth). Its velocity at perigee was 8
km/s and its time for completing one orbit was 96 minutes. Sputnik 1 stayed in orbit for three months before falling to
Earth in January 1958.
Remember when the World Champion
chess master Gary Kasparov lost to a
computer named Deep Blue?
The computer won by doing something
no human could - analyze over 200
million chess positions per second to
come up with the best response.