The little professor
- May 3, 2011
They also, relative to a 1TB HDD, could only hold a tiny amount of knowledge, which was all that they had.
The human brain consists of about one billion neurons. Each neuron forms about 1,000 connections to other neurons, amounting to more than a trillion connections. If each neuron could only help store a single memory, running out of space would be a problem. You might have only a few gigabytes of storage space, similar to the space in an iPod or a USB flash drive. Yet neurons combine so that each one helps with many memories at a time, exponentially increasing the brain’s memory storage capacity to something closer to around 2.5 petabytes (or a million gigabytes). For comparison, if your brain worked like a digital video recorder in a television, 2.5 petabytes would be enough to hold three million hours of TV shows. You would have to leave the TV running continuously for more than 300 years to use up all that storage.
Although I admire those people who can memorize great stores of knowledge, the depth, scope, and refinement of the knowledge that Google and books provide is far beyond any individual's capacity; e.g., not only thousands of papers on physics, but also their interpretation for the lay.
In short, when it comes to what I've memorised, my brain is like a Super-Super-Google. Google is not a patch on what my brain can do with information that I've memorised.
Maybe one day, Google will become as efficient and as effective as my brain. But when that happens, then when someone wants a computer program, or a scientific theory, or anything else that requires the things that my brain does, such as thinking, or writing a new poem, or anything else, then, Google will make INTJs and INTPs superfluous. We won't need INTJs or INTPs anymore, for anything, because Google will already do it for everyone else.