The little professor
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- May 3, 2011
What Is the Memory Capacity of the Human Brain?: Scientific American:They also, relative to a 1TB HDD, could only hold a tiny amount of knowledge, which was all that they had.
They have the capacity of about 1,000,000 Gb, which is the same capacity as 1,024 1TB HDDs.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.
Well, if you've never tried to memorise information, then that would be one's perspective. But many people did, including myself. If you want to know if your teacher ever memorised things like times tables or poetry, and why he did, then you might know. Or, you could try it yourself, like I did. What I found, in many areas, including programming, is that if I know something myself, then when it's relevant to a topic, my brain will very often recall the precise info that was going to be useful, and in the way that it is useful, even when it's a very unusual application. If I look up something on Google, then I only get the info that Google explicitly has some reference to. It won't recall something that has an unusual application. Or, it might know an application, but it is often buried on the 51st page, after all the links to Korean boys body-popping. Or, it might know an application, but only those that have been mentioned, and not the ones that I would need. Or, it knows an application that I would need, but the ones that it pops up with, are not nearly as effective or as efficient as the ones that my brain comes up with.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.