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SEEKERS OF BALANCE - Luís Gonçalves Louro



“Human” and “Computer”: an analogy. Firstly a computer has a memory and processing just like a human being has a memory and reasoning. A computer consists of a large number of parts and all of them are necessary for its operation. Of course, the same can be said about the human. Following this simplified rationale leads to the question of the main “organs” of the computer. A blueprint designed in the middle of the 20 th century presented the computer as a machine that would accept input data, perform the processing of that data and return results as the output. Results that, if well understood, would provide useful information. As “organs” we would then have: input devices and output devices, a memory in the central processing unit, a calculation and logic unit as well as a control unit. In order for all these components to work in sync we would also need a very simple little device that actually ticks the computer: the clock! (...)

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