Back in the 17th century, the human mind was thought to work in similar fashion to a clock. The gears were always in motion. A century later the human mind had evolved from working like a clock to be more like vibrating strings. Thinking on this would change to hydraulics, telephone switchboards and computers. The latest comparisons liken the working of the human mind to Smart Phones. Like this technology, we humans function through integration of hardware, software and a combination of syntax, semantics and pragmatics. In this comparison, the human input devices are the senses, such as smell, touch and vision working like cameras and sensors to read the conditions. Speech is the output device. And somewhere in us is the processor that’s much like the software.
With this in, “mind,” some believe that one day the iPad and Blackberry may very well be built to have “consciousness.” In effect the computing devices would be smarter by virtue of design. These devices would feature improved input and output elements with software that allow them to “learn.” Maybe they would play Chess? Oh, wait, that’s already been done. In any case, these improved, conscious devices would be able to discriminate among all the inputs to actually identify one face from the sea of noses and eyes. In the final analysis, no matter how smart the device, it wouldn’t come close to a real human being until it knows how to misbehave.
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