From: "Dan Meliza"
Subject: RE: (urth) Scylla, Oreb and transmigrational chain yanking Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 11:21:50 -0700 -----Original Message----- From: Nigel Price [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Saturday, April 20, 2002 1:19 PM To: email@example.com Subject: (urth) Scylla, Oreb and transmigrational chain yanking > (Hmmm. There must be more room in Mr Million than in > poor old Oreb's head. Mr Million does at least talk in complete sentences. > Anybody know what the data capacity of a night chough's brain might be? More > or less than a fine old Spectrum 48, I wonder?) It's hard to compare algorithmic computers to brains but I'm almost certain Oreb has the spectrum 48 beat. In fact, if he's at least as smart as Alex the parrot (who can identify objects on the basis of verbal cues) he's smarter than any software/hardware in existence today, though probably not in 20-50 years. Now with a vastly smaller hippocampus and frontal lobes it's questionable how much of a human-god's memory and personality you could store in a bird-brain even if you weren't using it. But then, there must be some way to vastly compress an intelligence if you're going to send it through the optic nerves in a few seconds. now if only this sort of speculation were acceptable at qualifying exams. cheers, dan --