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What is the Human Brain's storage capacity in bytes? Megabytes, Gigabytes, Google-Bytes?



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I would like to point out that, from a technical point of view, there is no answer to your question because the brain is not organized like a PC. Although there are discrete locations conventionally defined as bytes in a PC, this is not true of a brain. Since the brain uses a neural net model, it might make sense to ask, "How many discrete pieces of information can a brain hold?" Like fuzzy logic this is a fuzzy number because it depends on how accurately you want that brain to recall this discrete info. There has been some research on neural nets on this, given so many neurons and an expected percentage, how many different states can you train the net to respond to? Sorry though, I cannot tell you exactly what the research has found.

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Kudos on the above answer to this interesting question! In fact, it is even more correct than many will realize. Several years ago, Hughes Research announced that their Neural Net research had been able to assimilate a single neuron as we understood them at the time. It was stated that this neuron "clone" required the full time services of three SC's (I do not remember make or model). The research did, however, conclude that questions such as brain memory capacity and speed could no longer practically be defined in our conventional terms. This neural net experiment and research was done on simple object recognition from alternate distances and angles. I will try to get the publication name and date (I believe it was a trade publication for aerospace subcontractors for Hughes), and get back to you. It was a very interesting piece.

Eric Owen Peterson


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