The Human Brain And The Computer Processing Unit Of A Machine

831 Words Oct 5th, 2015 4 Pages
With today’s advanced level of technology, we contemplate and entertain the thought of computers actually becoming intelligent through artificial intelligence and eventually out perform the human brain. The problem is not just a struggle between the human brain and the computer processing unit of a machine, but whether or not human engineering and programing is as good or better than mother nature and evolution is or will ever be. The race to develop artificial intelligence that is capable cognitive awareness ultimately turns into a battle between the evolutionary process of nature and the accelerated progress of human science. However, a human brain and a computer’s central processing unit have vastly different ways in how they process information. Information processing in the human brain begins with input from the sensory organs, which interpret external stimuli into electrochemical input signals. These sensory signals are then continuously transformed by the algorithms of the brain. Any outside influence with the world and stimuli in it is absorbed by the brain and interpreted before the information is transformed into ideas and assembled into knowledge. As Alex Knapp describes the brain as “a parallel processing network, that can actively change through influences by will or environment.” In order for the brain to process information, stimuli must first be encoded or processed. There are types of encoding specifically pertaining to each different type of stimuli…

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