Self improvement example with humans in the loop

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Mon Jun 05 2006 - 11:45:59 MDT

I am not certain about the exact dates, but in the last 30 years (15
generations of computers) at some early point--between a few thousand and a
few tens of thousands of transistors--humans were no longer able to design
the next generation of chips without the help of a previous generation of

The 8080 was in the range of 30k transistors. The most recent CPU chips
are around 600 million, a factor of 20,000.

Keith Henson

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