The Human Brain vs. The Computer

The human brain is a highly intricate piece of machinery. It is an information processing machine that seems to have an infinite ability to store and understand even the most complex bit of information that a human being can come across. As the epitome of information storage and analysis, people have been constantly trying to mimic its abilities via the development of artificial intelligence using the computers. However, in as much as the human brain the the computer share similarities, it also has its own share of differences.

The human brain keeps its information center alive through the use of electric signals which travel at the speed of light through the human nervous system. While a computer also uses electrical signals to transmit data, it has been found that computer cables function at a slower speed than the synapses of the human brain. Therefore, it is easy to conclude that the human brain has the faster information processing speed.

Both the computer and the human brain share the capacity to learn new things. Even though the human brain, using the autonomic nervouse system, was the original multitasking machine, it lost out to the computer for the reason that the computer is capable of multi tasking in scenarios that would prove to be difficult to do for the human brain.

If we are to compare the information storage capability of the human brain against a computer, we can deduce that the human brain has the capacity for unlimited information storage, unlike the computer which uses a specific memory chip size for its data storage function. You see, the human brain increases its storage capacity as a person ages due to the constant addition of new synpatic connections within the brain. These connections serve as the data storage center of the human brain. A computer, on the other hand, is limited by its memory stick, flash drive, or hard drive storage capacity. In order to increase the computer’s storage capacity, one needs to articially increase the size of the storage unit either by adding memory cards or deleting old files stored within a hard drive.

There are times when the logic and reasoning capacity of a computer is compromised and in need of rebooting. This is something that does not happen to the human brain. Whereas computer reboot the system once new information is added, the human brain merely absorbs the new information and uses it in accordance with the previously existing information within the brain. Thus giving the human brain the gift of logic, reasoning, and analysis. While a computer can deduce a series of informational chains within the system, the human brain has the capacity to interpret new ideas and develop new ways and means of implementing things. The human brain also has to deal with the “garbage in, garbage out” problem that plagues computers. But unlike the computer, the human brain knows how to rid itself of useless information and keep only those which are relevant and useful to the task that the human brain has been trained for.

In the end, it is highly evident that the computer was based upon the human brain and that technology experts are doing their best to have the computer mother board perform in a similar capacity as the human brain. Even if it were possible to do this, because a computer is not capable of imagination and self adjustment, it is highly unlikely that it can ever be more powerful or capable than the human brain.

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