One Ten-Thousandth The Mental Capacity Of A Housefly

Artificial intelligence, computers, technology etc may have changed the way we see the world…however, how do these man-made creations compare with you and I, and other creatures that we see everyday?

I have been nominated for a “3.2.1 Quote Me!” Challenge by Tanya, the creator of Salted Caramel, as you can see from her fabulous post:


The “3.2.1 Quote Me! challenges originate with Rory, the creator of A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!, this was the original post for this theme: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE


Guidelines: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

Thank the Selector – THANK YOU TANYA!

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

When I thought of the theme ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, I have to admit, I struggled for inspiration. I am a bit of a technophobe in general. I have a landline telephone. I use e-mails and WordPress of course. I buy occasionally using Amazon. I search for directions in Google Maps…and that is about it! Artificial Intelligence…has it’s uses, some remarkable uses.

But I am in awe of things far far beyond the capabilities of anything man-made. So I have found some interesting quotes which compare artificial intelligence with that of the incredible creatures, including us humans, which are all around us everyday!



It has been estimated that the information processing capacity of even the most powerful supercomputer…


is equal to the nervous system of a snail…


—a tiny fraction of the power available to the supercomputer inside [our] skull.”

—Steven Pinker, director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


I know some humans behave like idiots…but I worry at times that the exceptional capabilities and potential humans have is forgotten. There are things that we can do, that artificial intelligence will never be capable of.

When the advanced computer Deep Blue vanquished the world champion chess player, the question arose, “Aren’t we forced to conclude that Deep Blue must have a mind?”


Professor David Gelernter of Yale University replied: “No. Deep Blue is just a machine. It doesn’t have a mind any more than a flowerpot has a mind. . . . Its chief meaning is this: that human beings are champion machine builders.”

Professor Gelernter pointed to this major difference: “The brain is a machine that is capable of creating an ‘I.’ Brains can summon mental worlds into being, and computers can’t.”

He concluded: “The gap between human and [computer] is permanent and will never be closed. Machines will continue to make life easier, healthier, richer and more puzzling. And human beings will continue to care, ultimately, about the same things they always have: about themselves, about one another and, many of them, about God. On those terms, machines have never made a difference. And they never will.”


I now am to nominate three other bloggers to take on the “3.2.1 Quote Me!” Challenge on the theme: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE:


13 thoughts on “One Ten-Thousandth The Mental Capacity Of A Housefly”

    1. It is amazing to compare the two. I don’t think it is a coincidence though that so many people are not aware of quite how exceptional they are. The potential humans have is extraordinary. We were not designed to be stuck in a biscuit factory for decades and to sit in front of a television every evening.

      It would be wonderful to see people really thriving in the kind of life their brains and bodies were designed for.

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