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  1. Edward C D Ingram
    July 31, 2016


    The best I can do is to relate back to my work on the feasibility of creating a thinking machine back in the 1960s.

    At the time the digital computing people thought they were leading the field.

    I thought that the time taken to process the information in that way was too slow and a highly complex task which would take a long time to make practical.

    Instead I proposed a learning network based upon the kind of network to be seen between cells in the brain and I wanted it all to be based upon pattern recognition which I defined as knowledge gained.

    Today this kind of research is making some progress I believe though I am no long in touch.

    But I also did information theory. It is clear from that that an item which can have ten states contains far more information than an item which can have two states.

    A neuron which can make a choice of ten different connections is similarly the possessor of much more information than one which has a choice of two.

    A network of such neurons can be in trillions of such states even if it involves just a hundred or so neurons. Maybe 100 to the power ten. That is a lot of information.

    If that quantum computer can have 256 states, not ten, then as you say, the number of states and the amount of information which can be handled may well be greater than the total number of atoms in the universe.

    What is 100 to the power 256?

    And if the array is able to process information in the kind of way that a human mind can…but there I have to admit I am unable to understand how that proposed processing model would work or might be programmed.

    Looking forward to the future if I live that long



    • Greg Satell
      July 31, 2016

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Edward.

      – Greg


  2. Mary
    February 12, 2017

    I enjoyed very much the article. And suddenly thoght and what about the networks? Hoe are they going to endure the kind of content and communucations that can be produced with such computing capacity?
    Thank you!


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