posted on Jan, 23 2012 @ 01:01 AM
reply to post by VonDoomen
Also, don't get all metaphorical about holographic storage. Once you get into information theory, it doesn't matter what you store the data on,
magnetic drives, optical disk, holographic cubes, atoms, saltine crackers. It just doesn't matter
Cause you have to read it off the medium and send it to the CPU before the CPU can do anything with it anyway and at that point, it's just data. The
CPU has no idea where the data came from and more importantly, it doesn't care. So, just using holographic storage doesn't make it magical or
anything. It's just another way to store data.
The question is, how redundant is it? Do you have another copy if something goes wrong? That's all that matters. And like I said, accuracy is the
number one factor for modern day computers. Like you said, cut the holograph in half and you have the same image, but it's at HALF resolution.
That doesn't work for modern computers. The number one feature people love about modern computers is that they're digital. They produce EXACT digital
replicas every time at full resolution, not half. We can't have the videos on our hard drives halving in resolution every time we download a new
video. That won't work for consumers. They want all their videos in FULL res. That's why we don't use holographic storage. We use magnetic disk with
lots of sectors to store exact copies.
Like I said, that's the difference between modern computers and the human brain. Modern computers are all about accuracy. 2+2 is always four, and
every time you play the video the exact same pixels are turned on and off. The human brain however is lossy. It doesn't have to be exact but just
fast, efficient, and almost exactly right. That's why the brain uses networked-distributed-lossy storage.
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