The Human Brain vs. the Computer

1448 Words Oct 9th, 1999 6 Pages
The Human Brain vs. the Computer

Over the millennia, Man has come up with countless inventions, each more ingenious than the last. However, only now, as the computer arises that mankind's sentience itself is threatened. Ridiculous, some may cry, but I say look about you! The computer has already begun to hold sway over so many of the vital functions that man has prided himself upon before. Our lives are now dependent upon the computer and what it tells you. Even now, I type this essay upon a computer, fully trusting that it will produce a result far superior to what I can manage with my own to hands and little else.

It has been commonly said that the computer can never replace the human brain, for it is humans that created them.
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The reason why computers cannot create is because of the lack of emotions. Anger allows the imagination to roam, inventing concepts of new, ever more powerful weapons of destruction. Discontent induces the mind to conceive of new methods of fulfilment that could be expanded into something more. Puzzlement causes the mind to think of solutions. Curiosity leads to attempts to satisfy it, producing new discoveries and revelations.

The computer, on the other hand, though lacking in many aspects, is clearly the superior in many other aspects. In sheer speed of computation and retrieval of data, the computer is obviously by far the stronger. It has the capacity to handle things on a far grander scale than the human brain could ever conceive. The capacity to organise is massively improved as compared to the human brain. Measurements, results, applications can all be done down to the tiniest details, far beyond the human brain's capabilities. Calculations can be done with an accuracy nearly impossible to achieve manually. A certain uniformity can be achieved in its functions, something a human can hardly hope to achieve.

The human brain has many flaws just as it has advantages. The random mindset of the human brain gives allowance for many mistakes to be made. Though technically the potential is there, this potential is never realised. I refer to the potential to compute and store memory as efficiently or…

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