Nobody needs a definition of the term "smartphone" because all of us own one (or more). So I restrict myself to define just one of the competitors.Modern humans are the only extant members of the hominin clade, a branch of great apes characterized by erect posture and bipedal locomotion, manual dexterity and increased tool use, and a general trend toward larger, more complex brains (not valid for fanboys) and societies.
There are some similarities between an iOS device and a human being. Here is a simplified explanation of a computer-like device by using some well-known facts about human beings. Which of them is more complicated cannot be assessed. But it’s obvious that humans learn during their whole life whereas the basic skills of a device are fixed when the production process ends. Adding further skills means installing apps but even features of apps are already clearly defined by the developers whereas the owner is able to improve his skills and personality. He can be creative when using his brain together with his little helper, a smartphone or a tablet.
Comparing the two systems might be useful for those who are not deeply involved in computer technology. So first of all let’s see where the differences are to avoid misconceptions. Keep in mind that these differences are not valid for supercomputers with hundreds of processors or implemented artificial intelligence. We are just talking about a device with a single processor.01
Brains are analogue; computers are digital02
Brains uses content-addressable memory03
Brains are massively parallel machines; computers are modular and serial04
Processing speed is not fixed in the brain; there is no system clock05
Brains cannot be divided in hardware/software06
Synapses are far more complex than electrical logic gates07
Processing and memory are performed by the same components in the brain08
The brain is a self-organizing system09
Processors only can handle commands predefined by the operating system10
Brains can learn
As far as I know there are two areas where even iOS devices improve their capabilities over time. When writing words iOS frequently saves written words in an individual dictionary. Power management adapts to usage over time.Bonus Difference
The brain is much, much bigger than any current computer.
Accurate biological models of the brain would have to include some 225,000,000,000,000,000 (225 million billion) interactions between cell types, neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, axonal branches and dendritic spines, and that doesn’t include the influences of dendritic geometry, or the approximately 1 trillion glial cells which may or may not be important for neural information processing. Because the brain is nonlinear, and because it is so much larger than all current computers, it seems likely that it functions in a completely different fashion. The brain-computer metaphor obscures this important, though perhaps obvious, difference in raw computational power.Summary
There are similarities but only in a figurative meaning. Human beings learn many additional skills and can change their reactions even if causes remain the same
. An iOS device gets its skills when manufacturing is finished and it can only expand them with the installation of an updated operating system. Advantage human being
. So keep control over yourself and do not delegate essential tasks to your device. Just use it for what it is intended for. It can show you the way with the app Maps, connects you with giant sources of knowledge, and helps you being creative by using apps like a mind mapping tool.Related
About being creative on a smartphonehttp://iNotes4You.com/2014/01/17/mindlyThanks for taking your time.