Wednesday, January 25, 2012

[cgkooksr] Humans as batteries in The Matrix

The machines kept humans around not for power in the wattage sense, but for computational power.  There are many "AI" tasks which a human brain can do better than a computer (at least, more energy efficiently), so the machines cultivated humans in server farms to be giant arrays of coprocessors.

Some of the AI tasks that human brains do well include vision, inductive reasoning, creativity, understanding and inspiring other humans.  One extremely sinister task is, given that the machines are at war with humans, using humans for opponent modeling to test and simulate battle strategies: the trapped humans were being used against humanity.

Someone else: "The machines use humans, not for energy, but for processing power."

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