Eliezer Yudkowsky (1999) on a world with nanotechnology

Unless you’ve heard of nanotechnology, it’s hard to appreciate the magnitude of the changes we’re talking about.  Total control of the material world at the molecular level is what the conservatives in the futurism business are predicting.

Taking 10^17 ops/sec as the figure for the computing power used by a human brain, and using optimized atomic-scale hardware, we could run the entire human race on one gram of matter, running at a rate of one million subjective years every second.

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