There are times when you will find me standing between these two machines, my old 1984 Macintosh and my new Apple laptop. During such moments, I always ask myself, why do we spend so much time and energy trying to advance in technology, spend more money to buy the latest gadget, the smartest electronic and the fastest computer when we can use the same resources to better our brains, learn new things and change our mindset?
Why is it a challenge sometimes to follow Steve Jobs’ example and think differently as a way of strengthening our brains? It was his and others’ amazing brain that created these awesome technology wonders, after all! When it comes to performance comparisons, it has been proven beyond any reasonable doubt that the human memory is much stronger than any computer memory. Gigabytes of computer memory makes our life easy but that’s nothing compared to the human brain’s resources. The number of neurons in a human brain are somewhere close to three trillion bytes. This is 1000 times larger than the size of a 3GB PC. Let’s have a look.
1. Short term memory and RAM (Random Access Memory) are not the same
There are strikingly important differences between short term memory and RAM. So as much as they both require power, the capacity limit of short-term memory is not fixed unlike in the case of RAM.
2. No fixed processing speed
I love my brain because it is not limited to a processing speed. Our neurons are faster than lighting, faster than any computer.
3. The brain is self-organizing
There is no way experience can shape the processing of a computer as much as it shapes the nature of neural information processing. Our brains – us – have experiences & emotions, a completely different ball game altogether!
I have spent a better part of my life in the IT sector and have attended hundreds of training and official certifications courses in operating systems, applications and products but I must say this: there is no piece of machinery that can surpass the abilities of the brain. There is more to learn about the brain than anything else; in fact, understanding the brain is a life-long process.
So, as I am enjoying looking at my Macintosh and my MacBook, I am thinking how the journey from one to the other had everything to do with the journeys of the brilliant minds that created them. Technology will keep fascinating us with the latest product but what is behind this evolution is the wonder of the ultimate, more complex and powerful thing in the world: our mind. So, while I enjoy them, I focus more on raising my self-awareness and the truly fascinating object we all have between our ears.