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Supercomputers are not life

By Serge Kreutz

It is predictable that mankind will construct supercomputers designed as neuronal networks, and that these will surpass the intellectual capacities of humans. This is all just a task of a lot of neuroelectronics, and a bit of neuromechanics.

But in all that excitement about electronic brains, including the hypothetic option of downloading one’s brain onto a computer harddisk, one fundamental fallacity gets commonly overlooked.

We are not just a collection of data. We are even not primarily a collection of data. More than anything else, we are feelings.