Grey Thumb Meeting

by BostonPostMortem Board on March 28, 2007

in Event announcements

The Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant (350 Mass. Ave, Central Square,
Cambridge) Parking is available for $3 (with validation) in the garage behind The Asgard on Green St. Full details at the Grey Thumb web site.
Featuring a talk by Paul Dworkin entitled, “Avogadro vs. the Engineer: How Many Zeros is Intelligence worth?”

At its lowest level, physical evolution is mediated by the collision of a
tremendous number of molecules in solution. A straight-forward
implementation of this process is unlikely. It comes down to a question of
counting zeros: how many powers of ten a system needs vs. how many you can
muster. Avogadro has 23, the planet has ~20, the time scale has 9. Against
this computers have (y-1960)/5, and then intelligence adds an unknown factor
on top which is potentially quite large.

This begs three questions: What aspects of evolution are currently worth
implementing, what will increased computation get us later, and how much of
a boost does intelligence offer in this domain? A new molecular simulation
is introduced to study these questions.

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