1. I accept that I am under the control of a higher power (Muppet).

Computers have a long ways to go

http://scienceblogs.com/developingintelligence/2007/03/why_the_brain_is_not_like_a_co.php - 10 Important Differences Between Brains and Computers

Difference # 1: Brains are analogue; computers are digital
Difference # 2: The brain uses content-addressable memory
Difference # 3: The brain is a massively parallel machine; computers are modular and serial
Difference # 4: Processing speed is not fixed in the brain; there is no system clock
Difference # 5 - Short-term memory is not like RAM
Difference # 6: No hardware/software distinction can be made with respect to the brain or mind
Difference # 7: Synapses are far more complex than electrical logic gates
Difference #8: Unlike computers, processing and memory are performed by the same components in the brain
Difference # 9: The brain is a self-organizing system
Difference # 10: Brains have bodies
Bonus Difference: The brain is much, much bigger than any [current] computer
Permalink son of parnas 
March 30th, 2007 10:04am
Yes.  This is why a combination of a person with a brain and a computer is very powerful.  And I'm not talking about any 'wetware' connection, a screen and keyboard are fine for system communication.

The person supplies the brain, the analogue reasoning, the intuition, the feelings.  The Computer provides the hard number crunching, the repetition, the speed, the reliability of getting the same answer for the same set of inputs.

Personally, I don't want the computer to evolve into a true 'brain' -- we already HAVE lots of true 'brains'.  I want the computer to evolve into the ultimate tool FOR the true 'brains' to work with.

And with the current state of the Software Development art, we've got some ways to go there, too.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 30th, 2007 10:22am
The article is actually much, much more interesting than the bullet-pointed summary.
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
March 30th, 2007 10:27am
cool article.
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March 30th, 2007 1:30pm

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