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"Life expectancy to be extended by more than a decade with new supercomputers"

Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator

Supercomputers will accelerate medical advancements and will lead to an increased life expectancy of over 10 years, scientists at the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), Ireland’s leading supercomputing organisation.

The difference between a standard computer and a supercomputer is that the former operates on million instructions per second (MIPS) while a supercomputer runs on floating-point operations per second (FLOPS).

In layman’s terms, supercomputers have a much faster processor and can run more complex tasks – for example they are currently being used for nuclear research.

The supercomputers are capable of doing a lot more research and Prof Jean-Christophe Desplat, director of ICHEC says that it will lead to a prolonged lifespan for humans.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/780505/supercomputers-life-expectancy-artificial-intelligence-quantum-computing

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"...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)

Comments

  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    will lead to an increased life expectancy of over 10 years

    ...but for whom?

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • 10 Years of quality life, or 10 years added to the workforce?
  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    It seems unlikely that the bulk of the population would be offered 10 years additional life expectancy, because this would be a huge strain on government coffers, the medical system and housing with an increasing global population.  Life expectancy doesn't necessarily equate to good health during that 10 years.  Expectancy doesn't even mean one is going to achieve that 10 years extra.  It's just an expectation.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • GrumpyGuyGrumpyGuy Member
    edited March 18
    They certainly seem to have already far overstepped their means to support our current life expectancies.

    Japan is about to raise the mandatory national pension payment (which I felt was already somewhat high) because there isn't enough money to pay for all of the elderly.  The payment goes towards supporting the pensions of the retired, which make up a huge percent of the population.  The idea is that when it's our turn to retire, the same system then pays us.  Kind of half mandatory-charity, half government-enforced saving for our own pensions.

    Perhaps I am overly skeptical, but in this case I wouldn't be surprised if, after all the elderly have moved on, the sudden drop in population creates a new "crisis" that denies all of today's young the right to that pension money.
  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    What governments collect in taxes for a national pension payment and what the public save into mandatory superannuation payments gets well and truly utilised by governments before pensioners ever get it.  It's just another tax to top up government coffers and with their ever increasing travel and expenses they always need more taxes from citizens.  If one thinks about all the public and private super funds that seem to be travelling really well and then suddenly a "2008" comes along and everyone gets wiped out, is the money really "poof" -  "gone"?  Of course not, someone still has it but it's not us.  It's the same with buying homes and interest rates. Everyone gets sucked in at low low rates and takes out mortgages on that expensive home, imagining low rates for ever. Then the rates slowly slide up to 17% as they did in the 90's and "poof" the dream home's gone. But the home hasn't gone, neither has the money. It's just not ours anymore.  Life is a big game of Monopoly.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    I just wish more people would wake up to realize this. Have they forgotten how every game of monopoly ends?
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    Effectively all taxes are a big pool of money utilised for all sorts of things on the way through.  That's why there's a thing called "Consolidated Revenue".  What is left for age pensioners is another matter.  Additionally people often forget that a lot of funds are used for unemployment benefits for teenagers up through to the 50's. Whether it's called welfare or age pension there's little difference.  All workers pay taxes all their live's which most of us believe is put towards paying our pension in the autumn of our lives.
    If it wasn't for old people there wouldn't be young people.  However robots are on the way and that may change all our expectations.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • I just wish more people would wake up to realize this. Have they forgotten how every game of monopoly ends?

    Usually with me losing.

    If the politicians treat people this poorly when they're armed to the teeth,

    just imagine what they'll be willing to do once they've disarmed everyone.

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    tazweiss said:
    I just wish more people would wake up to realize this. Have they forgotten how every game of monopoly ends?

    Usually with me losing.
    I'm pretty decent at Monopoly, but seem wholly unable to translate that into real life
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    Ah monopoly! Did some volunteer work with residents  in a nursing home and took my monopoly board along for activities.  It was a very long game as my opponents weren't keen to buy or sell property due to keenness to save money in the bank.  Unfortunately I couldn't resist buying everything I landed on and ended up with lots of property and no money or friends. *blinks back tears of remorse*

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

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