Asimov Story on Computation

■ N 1958, American science fiction legend Isaac Asimov wrote a very short story called "The Feeling of Power." In it, lowly technician MyI ron Aub discovers that he is capable of duplicating the work of his computer by multiplying two numbers together on a piece of paper. Amazing! This miraculous discovery makes its way up the chain of command, where the generals and politicians are stunned by Aub's black magic. The top general is intrigued by the possibility that human calculations could give Earth's forces a decisive advantage igainst those of planet Deneb, long locked in a stalemate of computercontrolled maneuvers.

Aub's remarkable ability to do math on paper and even in his head, icknamed "graphitics," travels all the way up the ranks to the preslent, who is excited by the potential after this pitch by a congressin: "We will combine the mechanics of computation with human thought; we will have the equivalent of intelligent computers; billions )f them. I can't predict what the consequences will be in detail but hey will be incalculable In theory there is nothing the computer can do that the human mind cannot do. The computer merely takes a finite amount ol data ana periorms a imite number of operations upon them. The human mind can duplicate lite amount of data and performs a finite number of operations upon them. The human mind can duplicate the process."

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