Sapper007 wrote:true the processing power of the mind is irrelevant... thing of it as like your current computer... you 10gigs of ram is awesome! but 8.8gigs of it is already used in you WINDOWS Bod E Operating system for things like breathing moving, digesting etc...
Perhaps we should consider organic beings on an IQ scale. Although I, and many people, have problems with the IQ scale it would work well in such a classification system as this.
For androids, machine ect. processing power could perhaps be used and maybe along with some other factor of creativeness/ingenuity ect.
For example: Mother Brain would be in the android/machine category (despite being organic she is ultimately a computer).
She has both the processing power to deal with managing an entire planet as well as the ingenuity to have almost destroyed samus with the "Hyper Beam" which is apparently of her own creation.
So MB would rank high in both categories.
Ugh... this is turning out to be very complicated. Perhaps we should just do an IQ/processing speed (organic and mechanical respectively) and then add a creative aspect for both.
An X-wing AI may be more advanced than say....Cortana it is probably not as creative. This different is of importance.
Organic: has IQ rating and creativity rating
Mechanical: has processing speed and creativity rating
I understand most machines will have low creative ratings, but some have very high ones so it's a good factor too.
Not sure if that saves any work, but it's the best idea I can think of.