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Hoping They’ll Flashy-Thing Me* January 4, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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It was about 16 years ago that USB flash drives were introduced. The first flash drive had a whopping 8 MB of memory. But yesterday Kingston Digital announced a 2 TB flash drive.

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced DataTraveler® Ultimate Generation Terabyte (GT), the world’s highest capacity USB Flash drive. DataTraveler Ultimate GT offers up to 2TB of storage space and USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) performance.

That means that in 16 years, the capacity of flash drives has increased by 250,000 times, more than doubling every year. And they’ve become kind of sexy, to boot:

That’s cool of itself, but you might recall that Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity estimates that we’ll need about 10^17 bytes (that’s 100,000 TB) to store a human brain in digital form. If our progress continues at the current rate, we’ll be there in 15 years (8 years ahead of Kurzweil’s schedule).

And me, I’ll be a mere 71, raring to upload my brain so I can blog for eternity.

*Men in Black reference, if you didn’t recognize it

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1. geoff - January 4, 2017

Obviously there are other, higher capacity storage formats available, like hard drives and solid state drives. But the flash drive represents a convenience, price, and durability metric that speaks to the pragmatism of realizing Kurzweil’s dream. That is, if you can imagine being able to carry someone’s brain contents from computer to computer in a flash drive format, I think you’ll agree that the ability to realize the “Singularity” has arrived.

2. geoff - January 4, 2017

On the computational side, however, there are concerns that Moore’s Law has just about been exhausted for computing speed. Resuming our crazy doubling-every-2-year pace will require a jump to a new, non-transistor based technology.

But that kind of doesn’t matter for uploading your brain. You can afford to wait indefinitely once you’ve been stored. And as computing speed continues to improve, you can think faster, and faster, and…

3. lauraw - January 4, 2017

Why would a person want to upload their brain? And how would they do it?

4. geoff - January 4, 2017

Personally, I’d like the opportunity to learn a lot more, invent a lot more, and watch the future unfold.

Plus porn.


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