Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2014-11-03]: Faster, smaller, greener computers, capable of processing information up to 1,000 times faster than currently available models, could be made possible by replacing silicon with new materials that can switch back and forth between different electrical states.  But analyzing data faster is not what makes us better than a rock. (the electrons of which move like the electrons in our brain anyway) The fact that we can stop processing information, that we can stand still and turn off our brain while our consciousness connects with the cosmos [let the cosmos fill in our mind], this is what makes us special. And yes, a computer which constantly "processes information" will never get that.
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