Saturday, July 28, 2012

#15 Computers

Most of us use computers on a daily basis. If you have been around computers since the 1980’s and 1990’s like I have, then you have probably marveled continuously at the amazing explosion in computer technology.

What computers can do is astounding! They have developed greater and greater capabilities while the physical sizes have continued to shrink.

Computers are unbelievably fast at doing any one particular thing that they have been programmed by a man to do. The Internet is awesome. You can have a free video conference with someone on the other side of the earth as a simple example.

But always remember that with every stage in advancement, there was always an input of creative genius. Men and women, following electrical and chemical laws and principles, used their intelligence and applied it to make computers faster, smaller, etc.

No computer expert has ever yet invented a computer that is creative and could develop itself. They only follow the instructions given them. It may happen one day by way of man’s applied creativity, but it won’t happen without human input (i.e. intelligent designs). No one thinks that given even millions or billions of years that a computer would get more complex by itself. It would never happen. Given all the correct pieces lying side by side, it would still never happen.

Why do people insist on believing that living beings with brains superior to computers somehow magically developed without any intelligent input?

I found estimates from back in 2009 that the human brain is 40,000 times more powerful than the fastest, most powerful computer in the world at that time, a super-computer. That computer is a really unbelievable machine. Check out this quote from an article in Scientific American Magazine:

“Computers are lauded for their speed and accuracy, but they don't hold a candle to the human brain when it comes to tackling complex mathematical problems, Dharmendra Modha, director of cognitive computing at the IBM Almaden Research Center, said at today's event. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Defense Department's research arm, last year gave Modha and his colleagues $4.9 million for a project called "SyNAPSE," through which they are trying to reverse-engineer the brain's computational abilities to better understand its ability to sense, perceive, act, interact, and understand different stimuli.”

"We have no computers today that can begin to approach the awesome power of the human mind," Modha said. A computer comparable to the human brain, he added, would need to be able to perform more than 38 thousand trillion operations per second and hold about 3,584 terabytes of memory. (IBM's BlueGene supercomputer, one of the worlds' most powerful, has a computational capability of 92 trillion operations per second and 8 terabytes of storage.)[1]”

What did it take to develop such an incredible computer? You’d have to be an amazing computer builder and programmer to even begin to understand it. Could it have possibly been developed without directed intelligence? It boggles the mind in its absurdity.

Scientists are now concluding that the brain is not even a computer. It’s something else way beyond what a computer is, just a super fast calculator with lots of storage. It takes in trillions of information bits each second and constantly monitors everything, your heart and circulatory system, lungs and respiratory system, digestive system, excretory system, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin, etc. And all of that is not even done consciously.

If computers are nowhere close to being a human brain and they were absolutely designed by intelligent beings, then it totally boggles the mind that anyone could even think that the human brain did not have a creator of far superior intelligence. The brain had to have been designed and created by a higher intelligence than us.

What would you think of a person who decides that no intelligence at all was behind the appearance of computers and then he/she ridicules you for believing that intelligent beings created computers? Is there a real discussion possible with that person?

There must be a God.
[1] Computers have a lot to learn from the human brain, engineers say
By Larry Greenemeier | Mar 10, 2009, Scientific American

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