Brain & computers ????
Jen Mankoff
jmankoff at lennon.cc.gatech.edu
Tue Jan 30 08:27:52 EST 1996
In article <ysizpwc9e1g9.fsf at sapo.usc.edu> brannon at sapo.usc.edu (Terrence M. Brannon) writes:
"Brains, Machines, and Mathematics" by Michael A. Arbib shows that any
digital computer is equivalent to the simplest of neurons, the
McCulloch-Pitts neuron because
1) A digital computer can be created using of AND, OR, and NOT gates
2) the above three gates can be simulated by giving McCulloch-Pitts
neurons varying integration characteristics.
That's not actually a proof that a computer is equivalent to a neuron:
only that a neuron is equivalent to a computer. Did he also show that
*everything* the neuron does can be maped to AND, OR, and NOT gates?
-jen
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