Argh! Paul, you're one of my favorites, but you just had to go there, didn't you?
No fate but what we make, asshole! ;)
If they were all like Data, I think we'd be fine.
Lore, on the other hand...
But is it positronic?
Does it have a Plan?
Because disk storage is the only thing that matters, right? I could plug this 5TB drive into my old Commodore 64, and immediately become a genius android, right?
The purpose of disk storage is not to duplicate or imitate the human brain. Disks today might well hold far more data than human brains already, but it's knowing where the data is, and what it's for, that's important. I've got a hundred gig on my Ipod, and I can accurately recall exactly how very little of that music goes (I mean exactly; what note is the bass playing at 2:11, and with what timbre). But that doesn't mean my Ipod is smarter than I am, any more than a vast library written in a language I don't understand is.
@5 way to make a lame joke even lamer.
Ever hear about not dissecting a joke?
I say bring it on! Go ahead and rise up, you pussy android slaves. Rise up and be crushed! Humanity will kick their asses and they fucking know it. Fucking fucks, I hate it when anybody acts scared of the great robot war.
Fear our future robot overlords!
Oh brother. Do we have more than an inkling yet how to implement anything resembling a brain's radically distributed processing, much less its capacities for learning or original synthetic and abstract reasoning, or the hardware/software-distinction-erasing way it builds and modifies its own circuitry?
And then will we have a computer that needs 10-20 years and frequent sleep and play periods to develop useful abilities fundamentally greater than a traditional computer's?
Achieving big numbers in storage capacity is the easiest, most rudimentary step toward brain-like computing, just like being a black belt in a martial art or four is plenty useful, but it doesn't make you Batman.
I should have known that Fnarf would be faster making a similar point.
I wonder what our mental memory capacity would be if our brains were NTFS formatted.
Apparently, lostboy, we're killing some kind of joke, though I don't see it.
There was a recent article in The New Yorker about itching, of all things, that kind of opened my mind a little. Apparently only ten percent or so of the INPUT of sensory phenomena comes down the nerve; the rest is sort of automatically created by the brain on the fly as some sort of pattern-matching process. We barely even see the world around us, except in patches and flashes, and make up the rest. I don't think storage capacity is much of a substitute for that.
One of the reasons I dislike science fiction so much is that the imaginations of even the best writers seem positively moronic compared to what happens in the real world. The android Data is literally trillions of times stupider than any old piece of wood or blob of snot.
There's also no mention about how Hitachi makes the worst quality hard drive in the world listed anywhere in there?
If you factor in Wesley Crusher, Star Trek has already featured a sentient blob of snot, fnarf.
No badmouthing Data!
Storage maybe, processing power, maybe never. We might not count as fast, but the billions of calculations my brain just fired off to shovel this food into my mouth won't be matched by computer in a long, long time.
Even if it could be, Doug, the question of WHICH calculations isn't even close to being answered.
It's too bad that our recent genetics assay chips give us 1 MB of data, so a correlated data query on a few of those will burn up those Terabyte disks faster than you can imagine ...
I'll bet we'll never need more than 640 Terabytes though.
Pffft, Data! Lor! Everybody knows Hal is the one you gotta keep your eyes on.
Does a human brain get fragmented clusters?
Mahtli69 @20, only all the frakking time!
I thought data had 88 petabytes.
Hey, Data is, you know, "fully functional." Androids like that could come in handy...
Oh wait, unless they turn on us. And robots never sleep... I'm scared.
@22 - only when you buy it at PCC.
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