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This is a discussion on Human AI Theory About to be Tested within the Science and Technology forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Originally Posted by RobynC @ sprinkles Are you advocating killing the elderly? Do disclaimers even mean anything? Why do I ...
The link describes scientists who are trying to build a bridge back to continuous systems from the naturally discrete computer science world we are used to, i.e., Turing machines. It's interesting how we've moved from the analog world, e.g., solving differential equations and simulating chaos with electrical circuits, to the discrete digital signal processing world, and now slowly back to the analog world again.
Computation in the analog world is much more powerful than that in the discrete world, because infinitely many number of combinations are tested extremely quickly to hone in on the solution, e.g., optimization. The problem is formulating a problem in the analog domain. Suppose we formulated a difficult problem, e.g., not computable by a Turing machine, in terms of a reaction of multiple chemicals, then every millisecond in the mixture the chemicals are interacting infinitely many times, thereby converging on the solution, which would have taken a Turing machine infinite time to complete.
The future is in analog computing, however it usually takes exceptionally intelligent people to formulate the problems properly in that domain. This is why we don't have many examples from which we could obtain analogues.