„One can imagine a computer simulation of the action of peptides in the hypothalamus that is accurate down to the last synapse. But equally one can imagine a computer simulation of the oxidation of hydrocarbons in a car engine or the action of digestive processes in a stomach when it is digesting pizza. And the simulation is no more the real thing in the case of the brain than it is in the case of the car or the stomach. Barring miracles, you could not run your car by doing a computer simulation of the oxidation of gasoline, and you could not digest pizza by running the program that simulates such digestion. It seems obvious that a simulation of cognition will similarly not produce the effects of the neurobiology of cognition.“

"Is the Brain’s Mind a Computer Program?", Scientific American (January 1990).

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„You're joining a group of people who can do incredible things. They can make the computer do anything they can imagine.“

—  Tim Berners-Lee British computer scientist, inventor of the World Wide Web 1955

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—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

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