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Thursday, December 29, 2022

Today's Artificial Intelligence is Like an Abacus

"The ratio of total digital to total biological compute is the key metric to watch – it is rising incredibly fast..." - Musk.

This guy just Tweeted the above but there have been many (including me) saying for years, 'digital AI will always be artificial until computers are biologically grown, carbon-based*, and analog."

Digital is 'on and off' at a faster and faster rate. But nothing in nature acts this way.

The Difference Between Analog and Digital -

According to the ChatAI-Thing in the Sky: "What is the difference between digital and analog computing?"


"Digital computing and analog computing are two fundamentally different approaches to processing information. Digital computing is based on representing and manipulating data using discrete digital signals, while analog computing is based on representing and manipulating data using continuous analog signals.

In digital computing, data is typically represented using a fixed set of discrete values, such as binary digits (bits), which can have only two possible values (0 or 1). Digital computers process this data using digital circuits that can perform a limited set of operations, such as addition, subtraction, and logical comparisons. Digital computers are highly reliable and can perform complex tasks quickly and accurately, but they are limited in their ability to represent and process continuous data.

In contrast, analog computers represent and manipulate data using continuous analog signals, such as voltage levels or mechanical positions. Analog computers are typically used to model and simulate complex systems that involve continuous variables, such as physical phenomena, chemical reactions, or electrical circuits. Analog computers are able to represent and process continuous data more naturally than digital computers, but they are generally less accurate and less reliable than digital computers.

Both digital and analog computers have their own strengths and weaknesses, and they are used in different applications depending on the needs and requirements of the task at hand. In modern computing, digital computers are much more common than analog computers, but analog computing techniques are still used in specialized applications where they are well-suited."

The difference between analog and digital technologies is that in analog technology, information is translated into electric pulses of varying amplitude. In digital technology, the translation of information is into binary format (zero or one) where each bit is representative of two distinct amplitudes.

What say you?


*Carbon-based computing is a type of computing that uses carbon-based materials and structures as the basis for building computational devices and systems. Carbon-based materials, such as graphene and carbon nanotubes, have unique properties that make them attractive for use in computing applications, including their electrical conductivity, strength, and versatility.

Researchers are exploring a variety of ways in which carbon-based materials could be used in computing, including as components in traditional electronic devices, as the basis for novel computing architectures, and as the basis for new types of information storage and processing. Some of the potential applications for carbon-based computing include high-speed electronic devices, energy-efficient computing systems, and novel sensors and actuators.

While carbon-based computing is still in the early stages of development, it has the potential to revolutionize the way we think about and build computational systems. It could lead to the development of faster, more energy-efficient, and more versatile computing systems that are capable of solving complex problems in new ways. However, much more research is needed to fully understand the capabilities and limitations of carbon-based computing, and to develop practical applications that can take advantage of its unique properties.

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