by Michael Ho

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DailyDirt: Studying Gray Matter Before We Hack It...

from the urls-we-dig-up dept

Our brains are pretty complex bundles of nerves -- that aren't actually like CPUs at all (even though lots of folks make the brain-CPU analogy). We're still trying to figure these wrinkled organs out with fairly primitive methods, but at least some progress is being made. Here are just a few quick links on some brain studies. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Casey Bouch (profile), 6 Jun 2011 @ 6:48pm

    Re: Brain not like a CPU !

    When you compare these methods to our actual brain functions, I would consider it primitive. Consider science fiction and our potential technological advancements. In a few hundred years, anything we are doing now will be perceived as primitive.

    History Teacher in an Elementary School in 2211 begins his class by linking into a hive neural network and begins his daily instruction by feeding information directly into his class's temporal lobe. "In the 21st Century, we used a series of ones and zeros to perform primitive computations by accessing various true/false conditions. This method was similar to the original sand table abacus' used as far back as 2700 BC. Before we began utilizing and we were restricted to Silicon. This material's ability to compute data was restricted by heat and instead of finding more innovative methods for processing data, we used complex cooling methods or simply increased the number of processing cores. Computers in the 21st Century were equipped with fans and water cooling systems found in primitive automobiles."

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