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PLEASE EXCUSE THE ANNOYING COMMERCIAL BREAKS IN THE CONVERSATION:

As with everything these days, the cost of keeping the Ex-C forum up and running has been rising. Inflation? In part, but the primary reason is this: As participation in the forums grows, costs increase. The Ex-C forums will remain free of charge to everyone, but if you believe this little corner of the Internet provides value to you or others, and you feel inclined to help keep us online, please consider making a one-time donation or becoming a regular contributor. Contribution options appear under the "Upgrade" link above, and can be accessed by clicking here.

Oh, and as an incentive (no, you won't be given any bogus promises of eternal bliss), if you do become a regular contributor by signing up for any monthly or yearly patron package, this annoying ADVO will disappear.

And now, back to the regularly scheduled conversation...



Actually thats pretty fucking amazing. 

Give it 10 years...

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I recall an interview with Marvin Minsky (back in the late 80's, I think) where he imagined this scenario happening sometime in the 21st century.

 

Two computers are in a room, communicating electronically with each other and not relying on the spoken word.  

One is called Bob and the other Fred.  A person enters the room, walks over to Bob, taps lightly on him and says,

"Hey!  How are you two guys, doin?"

 

Minsky then looked at the camera and said that in the space of time it took for the person to say those words, Bob and Fred would have communicated more information between each other than had been written down in the whole of human history.  

 

 

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