Humans modeled as computers

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Created: January 12, 2020 / Updated: January 20, 2020 / Status: finished / 2 min read (~339 words)

What do humans modeled as computers look like?

  • Numerous processes all running in parallel in different regions of the body (heartbeat, breathing)
  • The brain runs multiple processes at once, each processing a different modal input (sight, taste, touch, hearing, smell)
  • Those processes are buffered and a process takes care of synchronizing the different input streams to create a coherent flow of information
  • Spinal cord and nerves are network cables, transferring information from the limbs and other regions of the body to the main processing unit (the brain)
  • The eyes are digital cameras that can see into the world
  • The ears are microphones that can listen to a limited range of frequencies
  • Touch is complex as it deals with textures, temperatures, pressures, however it can likely be modeled as a surface with discrete elements that measure a few things such as the force currently applied on it, the temperature, moisture
  • Taste and smell are also complex as they are specialized receptors that will create different fragrances based on the distribution of particles that are perceived (and that can be recognized)
  • The arms, legs, hands, feet are actuators used to interact with the environment
  • The stomach and intestine are the power supply
  • Neurons throughout the body act as distributed memory and storage