Silicon Awakes

Written by Charles Douglas Wehner

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This is a phenomenon. It is a sensation inrepparttar world of data compression. Never before was there a system that thrives on abundant data, and consumes it with exponentially improving efficiency.

Or perhaps Nature got there first. Perhaps that is how we store our lives in such tiny brains.

However,repparttar 105807 compression system is unstable. A tiny change torepparttar 105808 data, and a flood of output occurs. It is exactly likerepparttar 105809 "THETA STORM" ofrepparttar 105810 roused human or animal mind.

On my new page, you can see it all:

Bear in mind that patent negotiations are in hand. This information is for academic use only.

Awareness isrepparttar 105811 awareness of TIME. We can only be aware of time if we haverepparttar 105812 OPPOSITE to compare it with.

But what isrepparttar 105813 opposite of time? My studies show that it is STORAGE.

Data that is slipping intorepparttar 105814 past must be stored. If it is not, it is lost. Data that is flowing in must be compared with stored data.

Thusrepparttar 105815 conscious mind isrepparttar 105816 point of analysis -repparttar 105817 incoming data inrepparttar 105818 time domain.

The subconscious isrepparttar 105819 stored data.

There is a term "heuristic", fromrepparttar 105820 Greek "Heureka, I've found it". The new calculus of sets isrepparttar 105821 ultimate "heuristic algorithm" because it finds difference generically - without being told what to seek.

Eventually,repparttar 105822 machine will become too full to preserve its raw data. It will be forced to "TURN INWARDS UPON ITSELF". It will be obliged to collect again (to "recollect") its memories fromrepparttar 105823 compressed data.

That isrepparttar 105824 moment whenrepparttar 105825 "ME" is programmed.

I AMrepparttar 105826 totality of my life. The data in silicon is its sum-total. Inrepparttar 105827 new jargon, future compression must achieve "DIFFERATION BY PARTIAL SUMMARATION", whenrepparttar 105828 machine deciphers its stored data piecemeal for comparison.

But that is elaboration.

For now,repparttar 105829 demonstration of "awareness" is just about all thatrepparttar 105830 average audience can fathom.

On that page - - you seerepparttar 105831 actress POLLY. Her acting is rather wooden, but she is a wooden horse.

She entersrepparttar 105832 image "Stage Left", andrepparttar 105833 "differals" appear. They can be seen to be diminishing in number as she moves. The system is becoming "familiar" with her. However, onrepparttar 105834 left-hand edge there are always some grey dots of raw data showing that new "EVENTS" are arriving fromrepparttar 105835 left.

Then she stands still, andrepparttar 105836 number of "differals" shrinks by half, half and half again.

Then she approachesrepparttar 105837 camera (or doesrepparttar 105838 camera approach her - or doesrepparttar 105839 camera zoom)? The change in scale causes problems forrepparttar 105840 compression system - which "wakes up" to her presence.

When she has become so close that her face fillsrepparttar 105841 screen,repparttar 105842 system again grows "bored". It only wakes up when she starts moving away again.

This is - as stated on that page -repparttar 105843 BEDROCK level of awareness. It does not get any more fundamental.

A silicon chip has no feelings. It has no needs - for food, shelter, companionship. It has no philosophy. As stated atrepparttar 105844 outset, it is an idiot.

So what isrepparttar 105845 machine "philosophising" about? It is saying "NEW". It is saying "OLD". It is saying that about pictures. It is saying that about sound.

It does not know anything about pictures. It does not know anything about sound. In fact, it does not know anything. However, when fed with bytes it can tell which groups of bytes are new - inrepparttar 105846 domain of time - and which are not.

What we do withrepparttar 105847 numbers we receive fromrepparttar 105848 machine is OUR decision. Perhaps, we program a database to recognise faces or sounds. We would call this a RELATIONAL database, because we relate a picture of a horse torepparttar 105849 name "Polly". Butrepparttar 105850 system is open-ended.

Because it is so fundamental, it reaches out acrossrepparttar 105851 whole world of information technology, offering exciting new advances.

Charles Douglas Wehner

Charles Wehner was born in the Isle of Man in 1944. He became a technical author in radar, nucleonics and electronics instrumentation, also a factory manager and design engineer.

He has been professionally involved with computers since 1962.

What are the Odds?

Written by Terry Dashner

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You may playrepparttar odds if you desire, but I think Iíll just thank God. I think Iíll thank Him for His beautiful and purposeful creation. I think Iíll just praise Him that He gave me life and purpose for living. What purpose is that you ask? It is this: I am created for His glory. He is expending His magnificent glory throughoutrepparttar 105806 universe, and He allows you and me to be one of His many vessels, chosen to complete His purpose on Earth.

The Bible says that we are gloriously and wonderfully made. Since God is a rational Creator and allows Himself to be comprehended (somewhat) by His creation, He has given us a written record of His plan. The written record is His Word,repparttar 105807 Holy Bible. The plan is a redemptive plan. He sent His only begotten Son to this world (not Mars, notrepparttar 105808 moon, notÖ) to free us from our depraved nature, subject to sin. In Christ His people are given higher life, eternal life. With eternal life, we are to reflect His life to others. How do we reflect His life? We live inrepparttar 105809 power ofrepparttar 105810 Holy Spirit everyday. We surrender torepparttar 105811 Spiritís leadership and direction, and walk like Jesus walked.

How did Jesus walk? Slowly, deliberately, and genuinely, stopping at times to touchrepparttar 105812 sick,repparttar 105813 outcast,repparttar 105814 wounded, andrepparttar 105815 lowly who were unable to help themselves. He spoke only whatrepparttar 105816 Father in Heaven spoke. He conducted His activities underrepparttar 105817 watchful eye ofrepparttar 105818 Father. He loved. He came. He suffered and died. He was buried and arose fromrepparttar 105819 dead onrepparttar 105820 third day, according torepparttar 105821 written record. You keeprepparttar 105822 odds. Iím basking in Godís goodness. Keeprepparttar 105823 faith. Stayrepparttar 105824 course. Jesus is coming again. Pastor T.dashÖBlessed!

Pastors a small church in Oklahoma. US Navy veteran. Retired police officer. Votes.

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