Command Center

We have no computers today that can begin to approach the awesome power of the human mind. … A computer comparable to the human brain, would need to be able to perform more than 38,000 trillion operations per second. — Dharmendra Modha

The human brain is truly an impressive organ. Unlike every other creature on earth, the human brain gives us the ability to talk, imagine, and solve a variety of problems. A detailed overview of this organ allows us to better understand how the brain works, and also reveals the remarkable inner workings that routinely occur inside this remarkable machine.

Our brains are super computers. Intelligence is so much more than merely processing calculations. How do you calculate the varied tones of someone’s voice to determine the meaning they imply? How do you calculate the irony of a joke that makes no sense when understood literally? How do you explain a commonsense joke to a genius friend? Although able to solve mental calculations and complex equations he or she is dumbfounded by the simplicity of the joke. Such is the true power of the human brain.

The human mind can connect an almost unlimited number of concepts in a variety of ways, and then sometimes disconnect or recreate connections based on new information. This allows humans to step outside the boundaries of what has already been learned – leading to new art and new inventions that are the trademark of the human race.

Computers are lauded for their speed and accuracy, but they don’t hold a candle to the human brain when it comes to tackling complex mathematical problems. — Dharmendra Modha, (Director of cognitive computing at the IBM Almaden Research Center)

The human mind surpasses computers in many ways. It can repair itself. It can produce chemical reactions to induce instinctive impulses to protect its host body from danger. It can process the most basic functions to operate and regulate the human body while simultaneously processing information from outside that body. Truly, the human mind can continue learning, building new connections, and storing contextualized information in a nearly infinite array of possibilities.

The brain is our control center, a fantastically complex organ containing billions of linked nerve cells which can simultaneously process information from our bodies, operate our internal organs, generate thoughts and emotions, store and recall memories, and control movement. Throughout history scholars and scientists have studied the brain and are nowhere near, fully understanding its intricacies.

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