Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Aug 2010 23:24 UTC
IBM At the Hot Chips 2010 conference, IBM announced their upcoming z196 CPU, which is really, really fast. How fast? Fastest chip in the world fast. Intended for Z-series mainframe computers, the Z196 has a clock speed of 5.2GHz. Measuring just 512 square millimeters, the Z196 is fabricated on 45nm PD SOI technology, and on its surface contains almost one and a half billion transistors. My... Processor is bigger than yours.
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RE: empirically?
by Zifre on Sun 29th Aug 2010 11:45 UTC in reply to "empirically?"
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from experience?
imprecisely. (only to the precision needed)
also, the game is designed/evolved to the game players abilities, and demands of entertainment. (though I don't know much *how* that influences the mind's ability to make musculoskeletal etc system shoot baskets)

Still, it takes quite a lot of precision. First your brain has to measure the distances to the nearest centimeter using the information from your eyes. Then you have to figure out exactly how much to flex each of the muscles involved. Then your brain has to actually send all that information to your muscles. And your muscles have to follow it accurately. All in less than a second. It only seems simple because it natural to us.

Try creating a robot that can do that. Even with near perfect physics simulation, you'd have a very hard time.

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