Would I Rather Be a Computer?

3 Nov

Computers are indeed very efficient. They have all the codes needed to perform hard tasks such as computing huge numbers, storing important information, and retrieving information whenever needed. They have made our lives very convenient, allowing us to store huge bits of information for later use.

 

Photo credit: cartoonstock.com

Photo credit: cartoonstock.com

 

But would I rather be a computer?

No. Computers may be more efficient than us when it comes to encoding, storing, and retrieving information, but they lack one thing that we people have – rational decision-making skills. When confronted with problems, they can’t weigh pros and cons like we do. They can only execute tasks that they were programmed to do. Though I do admire computers because they never experience retrieval failure like humans do, they don’t have free will – the very thing that makes us superior to these seemingly powerful machines.

Unlike humans, computers have no emotions. They are incapable of attaching significance to the every bit of information stored in their hard drive. Heck, they aren’t even capable of communicating as fluidly as we do. You can ask Google the most trivial question you can think of, but there’s no guarantee that all of its search results would be related to what you’ve just asked.

If computers can think like we do, they’ll probably think we’re weird for doing things that they aren’t capable of doing. Why do we repress, or in computer terms, erase certain memories? Our brain was “hardwired” to do this to protect us from traumatic, painful memories. They’ll also mock us for storing information in a selective manner, but this actually works to our advantage. Why should our brains pay attention to things that don’t matter if it is in fact capable of choosing only the most important information we need to understand the world around us?

 

Photo credit: cartoonstock.com

Photo credit: cartoonstock.com

 

Computers may score high in terms of encoding, storing, and retrieving an impossible amount of information, but it is important to note that they were programmed to do this. We programmed computers to do this. Computers were only designed to improve people’s quality of life, so thinking that they “perform” or “think” better than us is preposterous.

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5 Responses to “Would I Rather Be a Computer?”

  1. RobIraheta November 3, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    Reblogged this on TECHNOLOGIES CUTTING EDGE.

    • marrissegarchitorena November 3, 2012 at 8:49 am #

      Hi! Thank you for reblogging my work! 🙂

      • RobIraheta November 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

        Not a problem. It was an excellent analogy between humans and computers that reminded me I ever wished to marry a computer 🙂

  2. monetteabalos November 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Well said!

    Yes I agree, we humans have emotions, free will and we are definitely better than computers. Computers are just from humans’ productive imaginations. I think we should use them wisely.

    Monette:)

  3. erikadyu November 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    And come to think of it, humans invented these computers. I’m sure someone can definitely tweak or decode some parts of it because we have more than these characteristics that computers have. At the same time, we have emotions that put a dash of extra special unique efforts every time we accomplish a task/responsibility!

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