Saturday, November 1, 2014

Philosophy Wire: Make your own eyes...


Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2014-11-01]: The human eye has inspired physicists to create a processor that can analyse sub-atomic particle collisions 400 times faster than currently possible. In these collisions, protons - ordinary matter - are smashed together at close to light speeds. The experimental processor could speed up the analysis of data from the collisions. Published in the pre-print arXiv server, the algorithm used by the processor has been proposed for possible use in Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments at Cern in 2020. It could also be useful in any field where fast, efficient pattern recognition capabilities are needed. The processor works in a similar way to the retina's incredible ability to recognize patterns extremely quickly. [1] We see things with our eyes. But we create new eyes to see the things we want to believe. Our experience is not enough. We want to create new experiences. Science, unlike religion, is not based on empirical data. It is based on faith. And it needs it's own eyes to "see"...

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