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Romn.Paras

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Human Brain vs. Computer
« on: December 11, 2014, 10:31:34 PM »
Hello Friends. I was reading a book about critical thinking and stumbled upon a topic that we can discuss philosophically as roulette players.  Which is a more useful tool to play roulette, the human brain or a computer?

I feel that we are much better off the way we are right now.  The human brain is probably the only thing in existence that cannot be improved upon except perhaps the slow passage of centuries.  The computer has been called a "high speed moron".  That is to say is that although the modern computer is among the most sophisticated electronic system yet devised, it is still severely limited in its abilities and it falls well short of the human brain. 

We have enormous mental powers and the intelligence to explore and utilize it.  The computer can only carry out orders that are fed into it.  It can only perform mathematical calculations and make mechanical comparisons.  It cannot make valued judgments.  It is true that computers can fly through many problems almost instantaneously saving us days or even months of laborious figuring, yet the computer is only as good as the person who is programming it. 

Experts have said that the brain can capture and store, recall and program more than 600 bits of information per second.  In the course of a lifetime, this is an enormous total, billions and billions of facts and impressions.  On the other hand, our latest computers can handle only a few million characters in their memory banks.  A comparison between the human brain and a computer boils down to this.  We can think, the machines cannot and that is a really significant difference. 

Let's take a careful look at the brain.  It has 4 basic powers:

1. The power to absorb: the ability to take in information and knowledge.  We do this by looking, listening, touching, tasting, and smelling.  By using all 5 of our senses and keeping the gateway to our mind always open.

2.  The power of retention:  the capacity to retain knowledge and recall it.  Our brains are like endless rows of filing cabinets with relatively few packed file drawers full of all sorts of information.  There is always much room for more. 

3.  The power of judgment: Of logical thought.  The more facts we feed our brain, the more we can reason intelligently

4.  The power of imagination:  The ability to think creatively.

With the first 2 powers, we gather the raw material with which to think.  With the second 2 powers, we evaluate old ideas and create new ones. 

Put it another way, we have 4 switches in our minds.  Turn on switch number 1 and we gather information.  Switch number 2 is our retentive powers.  We retain and recall the facts that come in through the first switch.  Switch 3 turns on our judgment.  When it is on all the way, we think logically.  Switch 4 is for imagination.  With most people, this is the one that collects the most rust. 

When we were children, we used the imagination switch all the time. As we grow older, we are seldom encouraged to even use the imaginative power that we spent our childhood cultivating.  Instead we are taught to conform, to take no chances, to play it safe, to follow the crowd.  So switch 4 soon gets rusty and we find it difficult to turn it back on when we get older.

As we grew up, people had a way of making us feel uncomfortable when they saw us using imagination.  When we came up with new ideas they were often greeted with sneers or sarcastic comments and laughter.  Sometimes we use these tactics on others, but we also use them on ourselves.  We actually kill our own ideas before they are given a chance to prove themselves one way or the other. 

The reason why I decided to write this is to inspire all of you on your journey.  I think sometimes we minimize what we have to offer and automatically default to let the computer handle it. 

In the game of roulette, a computer can give you mathematical probabilities and statistics, but it cannot give you all of the other variables that go along with the game.  It cannot tell you if you are drunk, tired, hungry. It cannot tell when the dealers change every half hour, what each dealer's tendency is and the speed of the ball each spin. It cannot pick out biased wheels, although it is a rare occurrence, it still can happen and figure into the total outcome. 

Have some confidence in yourselves as players. You all have what it takes to be successful! Go out there and do it!

« Last Edit: December 12, 2014, 03:14:35 AM by Romn.Paras »


 

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Re: Human Brain vs. Computer
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2014, 11:01:55 AM »
WOW! What a great post!
 

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Re: Human Brain vs. Computer
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2014, 02:29:48 PM »
I will difference the Human person and the Human brains.

I have the meaning our brains can do much more than a computer. The computer and the software are developed by Humans.

From this point of view the Human is superior of the computer. The computer has the advantage, she cannot be tired and cannot make mistakes. These features make it possible the computer can compute problems which take a lot of time.

The successful roulette player cannot play hours after hours, the computer can.
The internet RNG roulette can be attacked by computers. This is a large danger for the internet casinos. To protect  the RNG roulette against roulette bots, they use  detect software.
 

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Re: Human Brain vs. Computer
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2015, 06:23:32 AM »
Hello Friends. 

I want to elaborate on this subject a little more.

British neurophysicist W. Grey Walter has said that at least ten billion electronic cells would be needed to build a facsimile of man's brain.  These cells would occupy about a million and a half cubic feet, and several additional millions of cubic feet would be needed for the "nerves" or wiring.  Power required to operate it would be one billion watts.

A Look at the Automatic Mechanism in Action

We marvel at the awesomeness of interceptor missiles which can compute in a flash the point of interception of another missile and "be there" at the correct instant to make contact
           Yet, are we not witnessing something just as wonderful each time we see a center fielder catch a fly ball?  In order to compute where the ball will fall, or where the "point of interception" will be, he must take into account the speed of the ball, its curvature of fall, its direction, windage, initial velocity and the rate of progressive decrease in velocity.  He must make these computations so fast that he will be able to "take off" at the crack of the bat.  Next, he must compute just how fast he must run, and in what direction in order to arrive at the point of interception at the same time the ball does.  The player doesn't even think about this.  His built in goal striving mechanism computes it for him from data which he feeds it through his eyes and ears.  The computer in his brain takes the information, compares it with stored data and memories of other successes and failures in catching fly balls.  All necessary computations are made in a flash and orders are issued to his leg muscles, and he "just runs."

Science Can Build the Computer but Not the Operator

Dr. Weiner has said that at no time in the for seeable future will scientists be able to construct an electronic brain anywhere near comparable to the human brain.  "I think that our gadget conscious public has shown unawareness of the special advantages and special disadvantages of electronic machinery, as compared with the human brain," he says. "The number of switching devices in the human brain vastly exceeds the number in any computing machine yet developed or even thought of for design in the near future."

But even should such a machine be built, it would lack an "operator."  A computer does not have a forebrain, nor an "I."  It cannot pose problems to itself.  It has no imagination and cannot set goals for itself.  It cannot determine which goals are worthwhile and which are not.  It has not emotions.  It cannot "feel."  It works only on new data fed to it by an operator, by feedback data it secures from its own "sense organs" and from information previously stored.

 

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Re: Human Brain vs. Computer
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2015, 06:43:15 AM »
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Re: Human Brain vs. Computer
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Re: Human Brain vs. Computer
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2016, 07:53:54 PM »
When a computer program is able to evolve on theire own merit, the speed of evolution will be much faster than natural evolution. Yes it could be possible a computer selfmade could perform most of the task a human can do and more. We may have got another kind of life, at that time it happen. The difference can be large or small, but still why could not silicon be used as coal, they are very similar. Even ourself carbonbased beings use digital programs which DNA is.
 

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