Fire All Neurons!
Mechanical analog computers had their origins in Naval Gunnery in World War I […] mechanical analog computers remained of considerable military importance certainly until well into the 1960s and have only been superseded by digital computing systems in the 1970s..
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Before Silicon Valley got nasty, the Pirates of Analog Alley fought it out
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Analog computing? I hadn’t really thought about that one …
Well, in the beginning, it was quite superior to classical computing, because it was so much faster
Yep, it could make quite complex calculations: a century ago analog computers for fire control on battleships solved differential equations in real time 😊
The who with the what now?! 😄
I don’t mean to go as far back as ancient Greece, but at the beginning of the 20th century shooting the big guns on a ship accurately required a lot of calculations, in real-time (Gears of war: When mechanical analog computers ruled the waves)
I had no idea about this … 🤔
Just like you don’t fall over when you play tennis, because your neural system integrates information about your limbs and the balance organ in your inner ear
ships used gyroscopes and analogue computers to keep their guns on target despite rolling with the waves
Wow, that certainly would involve quite a lot of computation I guess
It does! Analog computing does this in a very different way from digital computing, but that doesn’t mean it’s not computing …
Ok, ok, fine! So these analog computers work more or less like the inner ear, therefore we might as well call it neuromorphic computing?
I’m sure some people might disagree, but basically, yes. You’d have to ask Cho about the specifics of how the brain does stuff like that though
I must say, this isn’t really what we were looking for originally …
I guess this kind of measuring, integrating information, and reacting in real-time is a lot less sexy than finding faces in photos and animating them …
Maybe it’s that, but I also suppose that most people wouldn’t consider this as computation at all
I’d say that someone skateboarding is solving a lot of differential equations in real-time! Or they’d crack their skulls … 😅
Just playing devil’s advocate here 😄
Just because we can describe the system using equations, doesn’t mean that the system is computing anything …?
Ah, yeah, I can see where that is coming from .. 😊 sunflowers don’t do astronomy just by following the sun
That’s it, yes! So what are these navy devices and the inner ear doing exactly that makes them “computers”?
I had a whole conversation with Julia about analog vs digital, I guess this is the same kind of problem right here
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What is AI compared to the hand that wields it?
It suddenly started drawing – in a naturalistic style. Yesterday I was watching it whizzing around, and the result really did look almost like you. That’s when I threw it away…
Anything is art if an AI says it is
Do not you understand? This is a whole new dimension, even according to the canons of the classical “art sacre”. This is a real revolution. Do you understand, ladies and gentlemen? This is the first hot plastic artwork! You! You! My boy … you are an artist!
“Young man, you don’t think I’m encountering constructive symbolism for the first time, do you? “Unplug”: free yourself from physicality, from the vulgar earthbound physicality, from the evils of civilization, from electricity, nerves, and so on. Isn’t that what this is? The association is crystal clear, I’d be tempted to say, perhaps even too obvious” (Kishon 1987)
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You young badgers imagine that it would be enough to smear a pound of paint on the canvas and you’re already a modern painter. I would be willing to accept this abomination for a bad joke, if there was even the slightest humor behind it. But this here is an abracadabra! A nothing!
As far as AI can see
The case of the use of the abacus by Japanese school children and adults … tool’s use becomes incorporated into a culture-specific technology
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The experimental results from neurobiology have lead to the investigation of a third generation of neural network models which …
The Network is the Message
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