[FoRK] Making robotics a priority

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Wed Jul 13 21:30:55 PDT 2011


I did a google for "information consuming economy" and found it. [1]

[1] http://www.xent.com/FoRK-archive/summer96/0325.html

On 7/13/2011 8:04 PM, Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo wrote:

> Say it often enough and eventually someone who hears you will believe that we are in some sort of "information consuming economy". Or, at least, that we're headed for one.
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> The former is so far from the current reality that it's laughable.  The latter might happen but not in a timeframe that I'm interested in (my timeframe of primary interest extends at least to the lifetimes of my grandchildren who are 7 and 2).
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> By the way, your contention that information consumption can easily approach infinite bandwidth is a crock.  In order for it to be true it must make the assumption that it can occur without the consumption of real resources and real energy.
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> In rebutting someone else's similar comment, an IT pundit recently did a guesstimate of the resource and energy costs to run Google to illustrate the absurdity of the comment.  Regardless of the efficiencies Google has managed to achieve, the consumption rate of all the materials and energy required just to build, operate and maintain the information services of a single Google Corp is quite significant.
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> Your "information consuming economy" is still totally dependent upon significant consumption of Real Stuff.
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> If you have envisioned some way to gather, store, share and consume bits at low or no resource and energy cost, I'm sure that would make for a very interesting thread.  But be sure to classify it appropriately: Speculative Fiction.  ;-)
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>           ...ken...
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