The Computer and the Brain

2012 | 136 Pages | ISBN: 0300181116 | PDF | 1 MB
First published in 1958, John von Neumann’s classic work “The Computer and the Brain” explored the analogies between computing machines and the living human brain. Von Neumann showed that the brain operates both digitally and analogically, but also has its own unique statistical language. And more than fifty years after its inception the “von Neumann architecture” – an organizational framework for computer design – still lies at the heart of today’s machines. In his foreword to this new edition, Ray Kurzweil, a futurist famous for his own musings on the relationship between technology and consciousness, places von Neumann’s work in a historical context and shows how it remains relevant today.

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