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|Quote (Henry J @ Nov. 23 2012,00:00)|
|Let's see if I'm following this. Professor Zhang made use of some properties of atoms and molecules to construct circuit components (logic gates?) for a computer processor, a good bit smaller than the ones currently in common use.|
If that makes those atoms and molecules intelligent, then the use of diodes (is that the right word?) on circuit boards would make diodes intelligent, and the use of transistors in earlier computers would make the transistors intelligent, too. Not to mention the beads on an abacus, or the marks on a slide rule.
One diode, or one transistor, by itself? I see no benefit to applying the word "intelligence" to single components that way. Or even to a single neuron by itself, either.
Another thought here: the properties of atoms and molecules make them act in pretty much the same way in the same situation, or at least with fixed odds for each result if quantum stuff is involved. But one of the aspects of intelligence is that beings possessing it vary their behavior at times, sometimes unpredictably.
Granted, an evolving gene pool does share that one property with known intelligence, along with the property of keep a record of things that worked. Although, it doesn't keep a record of things that didn't work, and should therefore be avoided in the future, nor does it have an effective way of doing a massive rework of a feature that has become inefficient or risky. But that's the gene pool, not the individual organisms and especially not the individual genes or the DNA molecules.
An Ode to the Diode
The diode is semi-intelligent when conducting its business
Its junctions and layers will bias forward fitness
A switch logical in teams, a pathological doper
The electronic Lance Armstrong, but then he's a no hoper.
It repeats the same phase and multiplies when mixing.
It turns AC to DC not vice versa, but that needs no fixing.
They're just the cat's whiskers when tuning the bands
Many at once can suck down whole dams.
Struck with just the right gap
They give light not a nap.
Photonic PIN emitters generate tsunami IP
Over fiber they're clever, not unlike me.
They're Schottky low bias and dead GUNN in a waveguide
But Tunnel with strange resistance on a negative slide.
Zeners will tease you,
Varactors will please you.
Germane in germanium
And commonly silicon.
The point contact will dodge avalanche
Signal demodulating, doubly per branch.
An accident discovered serendipitous
With properties beneficial to us.
Their conscience is dubious
Their reasoning is incredulous.
The diode is our cleverly crafted dot
While imbued with intelligence they're not.
"I get a strong breeze from my monitor every time k.e. puts on his
clown DaveTard suit" dogdidit
"ID is deader than Lenny Flanks granmaws dildo batteries" Erasmus
"I'm busy studying scientist level science papers" Galloping Gary Gaulin