Thinking, Talking, Computing

Like fish in the ocean,
        we swim in a vast sea of information. 
Like fish discovering water,
        only now are we becoming aware of this sea.

That awareness is called consciousness.
     It will carry us deep into the waters of thought itself. 

Soon we will meet intelligence beyond our own.
    But it will come, not from the stars,
        It will come from us.


Our Computers are made of wires and chips, performing billions of operations per second,
  but are capable only of extremely simple operations similar to arithmetic.  
    Every thing we do with computers - math, text, images, music, networks - is built on numbers.

Our Brains are made of cells, mostly neurons. Neurons are slow - firing and recovering takes many milliseconds BUT there are 80 billion neurons in your head, with trilllions of connections - more connections in your head than stars in the Milky Way galaxy.
                             Our brains don't use arithmetic. They are built on pattern matching instead. 

Our brains are amazing supercomputers.
How do brains work? We don't know, yet.


A quick survey to orient ourselves:

1 - A History of Computing

2 - What’s in the Box?

3 - Programming

4 - Thinking

5 - Talking

6 - Computing


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