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DizzasterJuice
14th May 2015, 8:40 AM

Okay that's it for all the wordy bullshit pages for now.

I added a new "thank you" page to the TWC vote button: Liam and Carrencia, who will be back next week!

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DizzasterJuice
14th May 2015, 11:07 AM

The advantage that the human brain has over a computer is the way that information is processed. For example if I showed you a picture and asked "what is this a picture of?", in just a few steps the human brain would recognize it as a cat. A computer would need to access information by digital address to compare to examples, taking billions of steps to reach its conclusion.
Neurons are slow compared to transistors, but the brain doesn't "compute" the answers to problems; it retrieves the answers from memory. In essence, the answers were stored in memory a long time ago. It only takes a few steps to retrieve something from memory. Slow neurons are not only fast enough to do this, but they constitute the memory themselves. The entire cortex is a memory system.

And the human brain does all of this with just a fraction of the power consumption. A personal computer uses 40,000 times more power than the brain.

The "wetware" brain can store information and make calculations like a computer, and access it like a human brain at the speed of light. It would be far more superior than any computer we could ever build (in the near future). Edit: corrected

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jamie59
14th May 2015, 8:24 PM

They just forgot to hard-wire in The Three Laws of Robotics.

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DizzasterJuice
15th May 2015, 1:03 AM

It was mentioned on page 68 that they did have "safety programming" but they would eventually find out how to override it like Signos did.

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moizmad
14th May 2015, 8:44 PM

.."greatest living being ever imagined?"....they obviously haven't seen Chickenscoop!

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DizzasterJuice
15th May 2015, 1:05 AM

You're right, Chickenscoop is smart. But not as smart as Brainy-Chickenscoop of the future!
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MaiLyng
15th May 2015, 10:04 AM

Put him on the rack! :D

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moizmad
15th May 2015, 3:27 PM

Who needs brains when you've got a package like the Scoops!

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Twistedfro
14th May 2015, 9:31 PM

United and it feels so good! I love science :-)

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DizzasterJuice
15th May 2015, 1:38 AM

These two may need some POH practice. :X

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What about Quantum Computers?

xpacetrue
14th May 2015, 10:58 PM

This is a beautifully done page. And I like the story and how you explain it. However...

"It would be far more superior than any computer we could ever build."

"Ever" can be a big word - as big as "never" and "infinity". Sometimes, people are too quick to use such terms.

History shows how hard it is to predict the future, esp. in regard to technology. Bill Gates said that a PC will never need more than 640 KB of memory. He also said that it would never need more than 40 MB of hard drive storage. Back in 1974, Michael E. Thomas was making 5 MB disk packs. But the big computer companies scoffed, saying no one would ever need such storage.

Technology is changing faster than ever before, making it hard for one person to even keep up with progress. And, before you know it, the world is different.

Consider how our world has changed in the last 60 or so years - the impact of things like transistors, lasers, integrated circuits, the PC, the Internet, cell phones... It's hard to imagine how bleeding edge technology like nanites and quantum computers might change our future.

Quantum computers are analog, instead of digital, and are quite different from what we're familiar with. Even programming them is a challenge. It's hard for me to wrap my mind around some of the articles about them.

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DizzasterJuice
15th May 2015, 1:34 AM

Very valid points. "Ever", "never", etc. are not the best choice of words when speaking of the future.
I corrected my original statement.

Yeah, alternatives like quantum computing, wetware computing, DNA and molecular computing... it's crazy where it's all going.

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Greenwood Goat
15th May 2015, 5:48 AM

We are Unity,
Neurones and transistors in me,
We are Unity,
We'll make everybody see!

- Sister Sledgebot

>:=)>

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Steve O
15th May 2015, 9:22 AM

Much more to Miss Crystyn than meets the eye. Here all along I thought she was just a grunt send out to do a non-glamorous job.

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MaiLyng
15th May 2015, 10:04 AM

So that is why Crystyn was so accepting of having her body invaded.

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Nef
17th May 2015, 3:02 AM


I was a bit putoff by that...

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Steven-Vincent
17th May 2015, 11:05 AM

Aaand... I am finally caught up. I was looking forward to it until it actually happened... Now I have to wait for updates. Damn you!

As usual, the world-building parts of this story are truly gems. I like how you have mixed what is actually known and real theories with your own ideas, and it is all blended so well together that you forget which is which. The world you have created has great verisimilitude.

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DizzasterJuice
19th May 2015, 10:00 AM

Thank you!
It's hard to imagine what's going to happen with artificial intelligence in the future. It might even happen over night like Skynet and we'll wake up the next day wondering what happened.

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"My Love"

HiFranc
19th Aug 2015, 2:48 PM

Does that mean that they are going to have a perpetual monogamous relationship?

{edit} Or is she just trying to charm her?

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DizzasterJuice
19th Aug 2015, 9:13 PM

On page 158 she called Tyranos "my love" while she was in his body too, but didn't have a problem leaving him so maybe just a term she uses because of the situation.

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Emma
24th Mar 2016, 12:30 PM

Unity? I think the word you're looking for is "Slavery" The AI has complete control and only allows the human half to remain conscious to keep it from making the body sick again. It can and will shut her down at will, even being brought into this artificial environment was done without consent.

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