We're safe for a while
Mon Sep 15 12:31:58 GMT 2003 We're safe for a while
Link: Brain beats all computers(link dead, sorry)
I wish this article had gone into more detail; I would be interested in that. There's an abstract and a pdf you can purchase at http://www.kluweronline.com/ issn/1389-1987(link dead, sorry) if you are really curious.
The overview is that these folks have decided that the human brain's memory capacity is something around 10^8432 bytes. That's enough that we shouldn't have to worry about machines replacing us outright for a little while longer.
Of course memory isn't everything. Processing power is where machines beat us, at least for the simple things. But how well would a Mac G5 cluster do if it had to do a search through 10^8432 bytes of interrelated data? I'm not up to that calculation this morning (too many other things to do), but it's an interesting thought..
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