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Computers are no match for the Brain

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Despite relentless scientific pursuit backed by powerful intellect and cutting edge technologies, mimicking the brain has proved beyond human capability. But undaunted by past failures, efforts to replicate the brain continue at leading-edge scientific facilities all around the world.

Let alone creating an artificial brain, it has taken the combined might of countless scientists around the world several decades of tenacious work to even divine a fair understanding of this extraordinary organ and its multi-dimensional potential.

The lighting speed at which the brain is able to think, process information and trigger appropriate responses remains a subject of awe-inspiring fascination…largely beyond our pale of understanding. Computers may be able to calculate just as fast and yet they are no match to the human brain, which is blessed with a whole range of powers that can possibly never be manufactured: instinct, imagination, intuition and so on. Even the best of electro-physiologists have failed to fathom the functioning of the brain as it far surpasses all scientifically understood reasonable conduction theories.

Despite massive advances in technology that have made them incredibly fast, computers are still slaves to pre-set programmes: they fail when it comes to adjusting and adapting to changing situations. For example, despite the presence of the latest in medical gadgetry including multimodal monitoring, decision-making with respect to patient management involves human intervention at every stage. This is because computers do not have brains of their own!

Interfacing a computer with the brain though theoretically feasible to some extent continues to be riddled with many gaps. Future technologies might be able to pick up and warn us about conditions like sleep, fatigue and even seizures before they hit us. But it is farfetched indeed at this point in time to even think of a man made equivalent that can parallel a ‘thinking’ brain. Sure, given their massive computational powers, modern day computers and their future mutants will continue to help their creator, the human brain, perform its tasks more efficiently and minimize the chances of errors; but it is impossible indeed to imagine a computer supplanting the brain.

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