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    A human brain could store entire internet

    Sometimes a significant science story is lost in the shuffle. From 2016:

    The human brain may be able to hold as much information in its memory as is contained on the entire internet . . . Researchers discovered that, unlike a classical computer that codes information as 0s and 1s, a brain cell uses 26 different ways to code its “bits.” They calculated that the brain could store 1 petabyte (or a quadrillion bytes) of information.

    Source: https://www.livescience.com/53751-br...-internet.html

    The bottom line is that biochemistry stores memory more effectively than electrons in a computer, where much of the energy is wasted as heat. Perhaps artificial intelligence is overrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Urbanek View Post
    Sometimes a significant science story is lost in the shuffle. From 2016:

    The human brain may be able to hold as much information in its memory as is contained on the entire internet . . . Researchers discovered that, unlike a classical computer that codes information as 0s and 1s, a brain cell uses 26 different ways to code its “bits.” They calculated that the brain could store 1 petabyte (or a quadrillion bytes) of information.

    Source: https://www.livescience.com/53751-br...-internet.html

    The bottom line is that biochemistry stores memory more effectively than electrons in a computer, where much of the energy is wasted as heat. Perhaps artificial intelligence is overrated.
    Now if we could have our brains removed and put into a life support system that would keep us alive for centuries...

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    Of course - data stored in the human brain is not exactly "lossless." Furthermore, the data comprising the internet is way, WAY above the one-petabyte mark.
    Last edited by Djinn; 30th January 2018 at 09:09 AM.

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    Can I use ad-block for my brain?

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    The finding also has some philosophical implications. We often assume that human awareness and advancement is somehow limited by our vulnerable physical bodies. Science fiction is full of accounts of super-advanced entities who have transcended their physical bodies and have become ethereal, glowing fields of energy. That may all be nonsense. Biochemistry, not physics, creates the best vessel for holding human awareness.

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    I also get the sense that we're comparing analog storage to digital storage, and that never works.

    Consider - how much data storage would be required to store an image of the Mona Lisa? If it's an image for posting online - not all that much. If it's a high resolution scan, then it'll require more storage. If it's an image created by a scanner recording 8 billion dots per square inch with no data loss, it would require rather a lot of storage. But what if you wanted to store ALL of the data, at a limitless detail level?

    That's the sort of mess you get into when trying to store analog data in a digital format. Only in this case, we're trying to store digital data in an analog format. It just doesn't work - unless you're willing to compromise the data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Now if we could have our brains removed and put into a life support system that would keep us alive for centuries...
    Like a roach.


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    The brain can potentially store it all but in reality could it happen? No! There isn't enough time to store it even if all it would take would be to just look at it! Can you imagine how long it would take to just view everything on the Internet? At least decades. And in the mean time more would be added!

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    Imagine if your brain were to store all internet data, the kind of crap you would spew on a daily basis, eh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Urbanek View Post
    Sometimes a significant science story is lost in the shuffle. From 2016:

    The human brain may be able to hold as much information in its memory as is contained on the entire internet . . . Researchers discovered that, unlike a classical computer that codes information as 0s and 1s, a brain cell uses 26 different ways to code its “bits.” They calculated that the brain could store 1 petabyte (or a quadrillion bytes) of information.

    Source: https://www.livescience.com/53751-br...-internet.html

    The bottom line is that biochemistry stores memory more effectively than electrons in a computer, where much of the energy is wasted as heat. Perhaps artificial intelligence is overrated.
    Theoretically the human brain may be capable.. practically, neither you, I or anyone else has access to all of the information in the internet at out of the top of your head.
    AI - Watson, e.g., though is capable of accessing, analyzing and using" all of the information available, at once.. as long as sufficient computer power is provided. So AI beats your brain in reality, if you like it or not.
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