Brain v Computer

My question is: How much is the human brain like a computer? We compute with our brain but a computer does it much better. Does a computer think? Well, Artificial Intelligence solves complex problems by matching patterns and comes up with unique answers. Is that thinking? In a way, but, we are stretching that definition. What about consciousness? Could a computer ever develop consciousness? It would have to be able to look at it’s actions in a stream from outside and question it’s own motives. Perhaps to be conscious is to have an understanding of “self.” It may include the ability to step outside and see into yourself with a mind’s eye, to consider for it’s own consideration sake, to wonder. I guess it really depends on your definition of consciousness.

As humans, we have the ability to understand the context that applies to a particular situation at hand. A computer can only tell when it is going wrong if it is programmed into the algorithm. It’s hard, if not impossible for a computer to take a step back and reevaluate a situation that seems to be going wrong. A computer has no intuition. It doesn’t get the feeling when something isn’t right. A computer has no morals. Of course, neither do some people. The neuronal¬† network of Artificial Intelligence is still only a digital mechanical filter. A human brain is a living system of organisms working together with the body and it’s hormones to perpetuate it’s own life and existence.



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