[ExI] [Exl] Digital Consciousness

spike spike at rainier66.com
Fri May 3 14:40:56 UTC 2013

>... On Behalf Of Stathis Papaioannou

>...How can we add this special spark to a television or a tree, say, to
give it a mind? Would it be easier with an old fashioned analogue TV than
with the newer digital ones? -- Stathis Papaioannou

Any analog circuit or any mechanical system can be simulated to arbitrary
precision digitally.  Get some kid who is hot with his Simulink and Matlab
to demonstrate if you don't believe it.  As soon as they do, you will
realize your entire engineering education was a waste of time.  You could
have gone straight to software, skipped all that differential equation
nightmare, study Matlab and Simulink for a couple years, be able to do
everything a good mechanical engineer can do and more, cheaper, faster,

It looks to me like a brain is a mechanical system filled with analog
circuits.  It is wildly complicated of course, but it is an analog circuit.
Once we know enough about it, we can simulate it, on something like a
ramped-up version of Simulink and Matlab, ja?

I have been pondering that for over 15 yrs, and have never found the flaw in
that line of reasoning.  Looks to me like the connectome project is the
first baby step in that direction.


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