THE BRAIN - SUPER COMPUTER
The possibility of creating a flying saucer awoke an interest in me.
If one takes into consideration only the principle of movement as a
hypothesis, still it is a new one.
Though a flying saucer is a very
complicated mechanism, for us terrestrial people, it is not a matter
of top priority.
That was why I decided that I would rather hear from Anastasia about
something that I could understand right away. That “something”
should not require any kind of scientific research or
investigations. It could be applied in practice as being very
helpful and beneficial for all people. I asked Anastasia to solve
some kind of problem which our society is facing right now as a
matter of top necessity.
She agreed but asked,
“Can you specify
somehow? I mean this problem. How can I solve a problem if I don't
even know what exactly you want?”
So I tried to think of the most urgent problem of today and the
following terms of the task came to my mind,
“You know, Anastasia,
in our large cities one of the most urgent problem of today is
environmental pollution. It's difficult to breathe the air there”.
“But you are polluting it yourselves”.
“Of course, we do. Please,
listen to what I am going to say. Let me finish. Only don't start
philosophical talk trying to debate the subject as you always do, by
saying: 'you should take good care of yourselves, don't pollute,
plant more trees and so on and so forth'. Just accept everything as
it is now and think of something.
For instance, something which could purify the air in large cities,
let's say, by fifty percent and moreover it would not need any
expense from the state treasury. The thing which you are going to
invent should be the most visible of all kinds of variants which
anyone could think of and it would be applicable, understandable for
me and everybody”.
“I'll try”, answered Anastasia.
“Are you sure you have mentioned all
Trying to make the task more complicated, I had some kind of gut
feeling that her mind and abilities could be more powerful and
advanced than our conscious mind could possibly assume.
That was why
“Let the innovation you are going to think of be
“For whom?”, she asked.
“For me and my country as well. Since you live on a territory which
belongs to Russia, let it be beneficial for all Russia”.
“Does it mean money?”
“Yes, it does”.
“You know, Anastasia, as far as profits and money are concerned, it
is never enough. I need just enough to cover my expenses for this
expedition and another one and also for Russia...”.
I became thoughtful... What if I would try somehow
to arouse in her some kind of interest in the material wealth of our
So, I asked,
“What about you? Do you want anything for
“I've got everything I need”, she responded.
All of a sudden a great
idea came to me, I've realized what could arouse interest in her.
“You know, let the thing you are going to think of bring enough
money so all your favorite dachniks, well, I mean gardeners, all
over Russia can get seeds free of charge or on preferential terms,
at reduced prices”.
“Sounds nice!”, exclaimed Anastasia. “What a wonderful idea! I'll
start processing it right now if you have nothing else to add. I
just love it! Are you sure you have nothing else to add?”
“Yes, I am sure, Anastasia."
That's it for the presents I could tell
that she was excited by the task itself and especially the idea of
helping the dachniks by providing them seeds for free.
Although at that very moment I was absolutely sure in spite of her
extraordinary ability that the problem of air purification was an
insoluble one. Otherwise our numerous scientific establishments
would have solved it by now.
This time Anastasia lay down on the grass rather vigorously. Usually
she did it very quietly, spreading her arms wide apart. The pads of
her slightly curved fingers were upwards. Sometimes she was moving
them, then they were absolutely still, the eye lashes of her closed
eyes quivered once in awhile.
She stayed in that position for about
twenty minutes, then she opened her eyes, sat down and announced:
“I have determined it. But I tell you, what a nightmare it is!”
“What have you determined? What is the 'nightmare'?”
“The greatest damage you are getting is from so called vehicles. As
their number in large cities is tremendous. Each of them is
producing extremely unhealthy toxic gas and dangerous substances for
the human organism. The most awful thing is that these substances
are getting mixed up with earth particles or, dust as you call it,
so the dust gets saturated with it. While the vehicles are moving
the saturated dust gets into the air and people are breathing in
this terrible mixture. Also these particles are scattered all over
covering grass, trees and everything around. This is very bad!”
“Sure it is bad. Everybody knows about it only nobody is able to do
anything about it. There are washing machines but they can't cope
with this task. You, Anastasia, have discovered absolutely nothing
new. You have not thought of an original solution of the
“I've just determined the main source of harm, now I'll start
analyzing and think it over. Now I need a long time for
concentrating, maybe, an hour, because I have never been involved in
something like this before. To kill time, you can go for a walk in
the forest or...”
“Please, mind your own business and don't worry about me. I'll find
what to do”.
Anastasia went deep down into herself.
When I came back after a half
an hour's walk, I found her, it seemed to me, rather unsatisfied and
I said, trying to comfort her:
“You see, Anastasia, in this case even your brain is helpless.
Please, don't get upset. Many research institutes are working on
this problem but all of them, just like you did, are only able to
ascertain the fact of pollution. Yet they have managed to do
absolutely nothing till now”.
Her reply sounded guilty:
“Well, I've tried, I guess all possible variants, to solve it
quickly and by 50 percent... Sorry, I've failed”.
I pricked up my
ears for, evidently, she had found some answer.
“What amount did you get?”, I asked.
She sighed and said,
“I've not reached a lot. My percentage is only
35-40 percent improvements
“What?! Are you kidding?”, I could not restrain myself.
“Very poor, isn't it?”, she asked.
My throat got dry. I felt that
Anastasia could not lie, exaggerate or underestimate.
“All right, let's change the conditions of the problem. Now tell me
quickly what you have thought of?”
“It is necessary that all these vehicles should not only scatter
this disgusting dust but should be able to collect it”.
“What is it necessary to do? Tell me! Hurry up!”
“What is it that sticks out in front of the vehicles, what do you
“A bumper”, I prompted.
“So, it is a bumper. Right inside or under it they should fix a box
with holes on the top cover of it. The back cover should also have
holes from the which air could get out. While these vehicles are
moving the flow of dusty, toxic air can go through the front holes.
It would get purified and get out through the back ones. The air
will get purified by 20 percent”.
“What are the 40 percent I've been promised?”
“Right now this road dust is not being removed and while using this
method it's amount would be getting less and less as it will be
removed every day and everywhere. I've calculated that within a
month with the help of these kind of boxes, providing that they were
installed on all vehicles, the quantity of polluted dust could be
reduced by 40 percent. Though the air pollution percentage would not
continue to go down as there are other factors which prevent it”.
“What is the size of the box? What should they contain? What is the
number of the holes? What is the supposed distance in between the
“I say, Vladimir, maybe, you would like me to fix all these boxes to
It was the first time that I realized that Anastasia had a sense of
I burst out laughing when I tried to visualize Anastasia
fixing her boxes to the vehicles. She also started to laugh and spin
around the clearing. Really the idea was very simple and our
technique could take care of the rest.
I tried to imagine on my own
how everything could be done.
"A couple of special decrees on behalf
of the leading administrative authorities, proper control of State
Automobile Inspections, filter exchanges at gas stations and control
tickets would be needed”.
“Wait a minute, Anastasia, will you stop, please”.
I was trying to
attract her attention as she was spinning in a dance.
” What is
supposed to be inside these boxes?”
“Inside... inside of the boxes? Well, for a change you should think
for yourself. It is so simple”, she replied without stopping her
“All right, and where will the money come from?”, I asked her again.
She stopped dancing:
“Well, what do you mean 'where from'? You have only asked me for the
most rational idea and here it is. I've thought of exactly the one
you had programmed. They will use it all over the world in large
cities and pay Russia for this idea. This will pay the amount of
money just sufficient to cover the costs of seeds for dachniks and
you will get paid too. Only your money would come to you under
At that time I did not pay attention to her words “certain
conditions” as I was too busy trying to figure out something
“So, do you mean it is necessary to patent it? Who will pay
“Why not? They will, just a minute, I'll set the
percentage Russia will get from the boxes' production by 2 percent
and 0.01 percent for you”.
“What is the use of your settings? You are smart in some fields but
as for business matters you are a complete layman. Nobody will pay
voluntarily. They don't even pay according to signed agreements. If
you knew only know the number of non payments! The courts of
arbitration are overloaded. Do you know what an arbitration tribunal
“I suppose. In this case they will pay meticulously. The one who
refuses to pay will get ruined. Only honest ones will prosper”.
“How would they be ruined? Is it you who is going
to ruin them?”.
“Oh, good for you! What else? It's unbelievable.
Anyhow, they will do it on their own and be more precise,
circumstances will happen to make it unfavorable for the deceivers
and eventually they will be ruined”.
At that moment an idea crossed my mind: taking into consideration
the fact that Anastasia could not lie and as she had said herself,
the natural mechanisms would not allow her to make any mistake.
Before making that kind of statement she evidently had processed in
her mind a tremendous volume of information and colossal
mathematical calculations had to be made. At the same time it was
necessary to take into consideration a great mass of psychological
factors. These are caused by the people who would be involved in her
Actually to interpret everything into our language,
Anastasia had not only solved the most difficult problem of our
time, air purification, but created and analyzed a business plan.
Moreover, she had done it within only half an hour.
As I wanted to
specify some details I asked her,
“Tell me, Anastasia, had you made
any calculations in your mind, before giving me the percentage
numbers of the air purification. Then what is the expected income
and benefits from the production of your boxes for the vehicles,
filter changing and so on?”
“Very detailed calculations have been done and not only with the
help of my own brain...”.
“Stop, will you! Be quiet! Let me finish. Tell me, could you compete
with the most powerful and perfect modern computer, let's say, a
Japanese or an American one."
“But I am not interested in it”, was her reply.
Then she added,
“It's so primitive and to some extent even humiliating for me. To
compete with a computer is just like... well, how can I explain it
to you by a simple example? Well, it's equivalent to competing with
an artificial limb and, to be more precise, not exactly with a
complete prosthetic appliance but only a certain part of it. A
computer is lacking the main thing and this main thing is feelings”.
I started to debate trying to prove a quite opposite opinion,
telling her that the people who play chess with a computer are
considered to be very smart and highly respected in our society.
Having failed to convince her after trying all kinds of reasoning, I
asked her to do me a favor and also, for the good of other people,
to prove a human brain's abilities and possibilities.
She agreed and
I did my best to specify the issue,
“Do you mean that I can announce
officially your willingness to compete with a Japanese super
computer in solving problems?”
“Why precisely a Japanese one?”, asked Anastasia.
“Because they are
believed to be the best in the world”.
“Are they? I would rather
compete with all of your computers together. So you would not ask me
to get involved into any other kind of competition in the future”.
“Fine”, I felt very happy, “Let's do it with all computers, let's
formulate the task now”.
“All right”, agreed Anastasia, “but to begin with, without wasting
time on the task formulation, let them solve the problem which you
had suggested to me and let them prove or decline my solution. If
they disprove of mine, let them make their own suggestions. People
and life itself will judge us”.
“Wonderful, Anastasia! Good for you! It's a constructive design.
What do you think, will it take a long time to solve this problem? I
guess, an hour and a half will not be sufficient time for them.
Let's give them three months”.
“All right. Let it be three months”.
“I proposed to take as referees all those who are willing to do it.
If their number is great nobody will be able to influence their
“Let it be. I would like to tell you more about children and then
Anastasia believes that the education of children is the most
important issue of today.
She usually speaks about it with great
joy. My idea of competing with our computers did not provoke in her
any special interest. However, I was glad to obtain her consent and
right now I am calling upon the firms which produce modern
computers, inviting them to compete with Anastasia in solving the
problem mentioned above.
To summarize and call it a bargain I asked,
“What about a winner's prize?”
“I need nothing!”, was her answer.
“Why do you speak on your behalf? Are you absolutely sure of your
“Of course, I am sure! Because I am human”.
“Well, all right. Anyhow, what would you suggest for a firm which
could be second after you?”
“Well, I'll try to give them some ideas
about how they could modify their computers”.
“Sounds fine! Let's
call it a bargain!”
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