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Equal to a fly's intelligence?

  1. Mar 26, 2003 #1
    I don't know that this is the appropriate forum to post this question. I expect that Monique's judgement will be correct, and that she'll move it if she sees fit.

    I just heard someone say that computers have the intelligence of a fly (the insect). I thought this an utterly obsurd idea, but want to make sure. Is there any truth to this? If not, why have people published such lies (apparently he read it somewhere).

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
     
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  3. Mar 26, 2003 #2

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    This used to be said back in the early mainframe era. I think they just counted the number of logic gates in those early behemoths and compared that count to the number of neurons in a fly's brain. They used to be very naive about comparing a neuron to a logic gate.
     
  4. Mar 26, 2003 #3
    Thanks, selfAdjoint, that makes sense.
     
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