Joe Niederberger posted Feb 14, 2013 8:20 AM: > > GS Chandy wriets > >may not be possible to answer in any meaningful way. > > If you had said "reliably accurate" I could agree. > Meaningfulness is something else. > You're correct. Wrong word that, "meaningful" -- (it was, in fact, meaningless in that context!!) > > But, look at the graph here: > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Largest_known_prime_numbe > r > > Under some (perhaps unreliable) assumptions one may > entertain the not unreasonable thought the trajectory > shown here may persist for some time to come. Should > the human race begin to falter before the forces > maintaining the present trajectory are altered, then, > it may be possible to even come close with an > estimate! Of course, you wouldn't be able to check > the answer ;-) > > Cheers, > Joe N > Fascinating! (Though I must confess the thinking about this is making my head spin).