Thursday, February 23, 2006

Interesting Quote: The Human Brain

"The human brain is able to solve incredibly complex problems. It is estimated that it can process on the order of 2 * 1016 computations per second. It is able to compute at this level without generating extraordinary amounts of heat becaues it is massively parallel - the computation is distributed throughout the brain, and not run through a single "super" neuronal computation facility. The up side is that you can scratch your head without receiving third degree burns. The down side is that you have to invest in tools such as a stove or a microwave, rather than just popping food in your mouth and thinking really hard in order to cook it." --- Chris Jackson's Semantic Consonance