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How Brains and Computers Differ

Posted 23 Mar 2008 at 16:50 UTC by Rog-a-matic Share This

This nice overview of the differences between biological brains and modern computers highlights important reasons why our digital electronics and even neural network simulations running on them fall short of the abilities we take for granted in living systems. The list of points include content-addressable memory, variable clock rates, pointers as short term memory, lack of separation between software and hardware, unification of memory and processing, the underestimated complexity of synapses, self-organization, and the overall size of the systems.


In Brain or Computer, It's Still a Mind, posted 23 Mar 2008 at 18:02 UTC by AI4U » (Observer)

Artificial intelligence is software that makes a computer think like a brain.

The Brain vs. The Sims, posted 23 Mar 2008 at 20:05 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

The responses at the bottom are the most fun to read and I think I agree with them more than the article. Great article to get you thinking, tho.

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