The machine is alive. Where did it come from? Where are we headed? This little contraption called the computer is just a chip which has been cast of Sand. In the 1950’s we had a powerful revolution. The Silicon revolution. Chips lasered from Sand or Silicon became the most potent thing on Earth. They were fabulous all in all – a wonder that would never go away. You know if you read the scriptures, they say that before Jesus was born, there was this man Krishna and Rama who used to live in an age when technology was at its prime. Yes, they had nukes and all the related technology that could give you a burp. Their method was different. They would utter a sound melody called a mantra and whoosh from the air would appear a machine. A machine powerful enough to destroy the entire planet. Some of you may think that this is a cock-a-bull story. Suit yourself. The first machines arrived at these ages. The form factor or size was different. They had weapons called Brahmasthra for Brahma’s Astra or Weapon. Very powerful. Would beat any AK-47 or an Exocet missile. What we know as chips or an array of them was just a story that unfolded in the 20th Century. But there’s more to it than meets the eye. How were these Astra’s so powerful? I don’t know. The answer is with God. And the answer is Silence. The computer as we know it, the Mac or the PC is just a dot in the creation of this asset. There have been lesser (less powerful) machines that have waded the Earth. Like the Sinclair ZX Spectrum or the Commodore 64. But these were small and could only be connected to a TV. Today’s machines can possibly connect to everything.
Over the year’s machines started getting organized. For example, to drive a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) you would use a 6845 chip. Now you use complex Graphical Processing Units (GPU) like NVidia just to render your display. Processors don’t have to render the displays like earlier they used to. Now we have specialized processors like Samsung chips, ARM chips, etc. These chips delegate their work to other chips like say 8259 interrupt controller or 6845 the display chip. Everything inside a computer happens on a Clock. This is called the speed of the CPU. For example, I’m working on a 2.3 GHz chip called Core i7 from Intel. The Clock beats at 2.3 billion times per second. Clocks can be boosted for their speed, although this is not advised as they can release a lot of heat because of this. However, hardcore gamers and pros who want to suck the juice out of the machine mostly do.
The other important part of a Computer is how much RAM (Random Access Memory) it has. For example, I’m using 8GB of RAM. The more the memory the better. Memory is also a type of chip. There are DRAM’s EPROM’s, SSD’s, etc. DRAM is Dynamic RAM. If the current stops, the memory will erase everything. Whereas there is a permanent kind of memory called EPROM’s (Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory) These chips can be reprogrammed by rebooting them and shooting ultraviolet on them. Everyone is of the mentality what can I get from technology? There’s a lot. You just need to use it properly. Remember the machine is about data and programs. Data is more powerful than programs because if there is no data, there is nothing to work on. Our brain is a big neural network program that uses the environment around it which is another word for data. Trust in God but bring data to the table. So goes an old saying.
But is data the solution for all problems? If we could extrapolate our future looking at past data, that would be an incredible achievement. There are many places that such algorithms are used – for example, predictive maintenance. Compute, Storage and Network prices are plummeting. Also, they are getting more and more powerful. What we need to have is rules and regulations around software development in which AI is involved. Machines learn a lot from their surroundings, but they are poor at reasoning. (Non-Symbolic) Deep Neural Networks can be awesomely accurate in its predictions but fail to give us the reason as to how it arrived at an answer. This can be dangerous. Computers should become like humans rather than the way around. The problem is that machines don’t feel. Empathic computing is nothing but probabilities today. In the future, machines will act as catalysts in our pursuit of the greatest mystery of all – the quest for God.