Monday, July 5, 2010

Human Brain or a machine

I work in a corporate environment. My work profile is mechanical with little or no room for creativity. As I keep observing my co workers, I figure out their lifestyle is like a routine, or more so they have programmed themselves in a way that closes all doors and windows for any other idea. More like an application software where they have networked their nerves only to respond in a certain manner. Lateral thinking for them often appears an alien term. I am no one to comment as each is to its own. However even breathing could be so calculative amazes me.

The urban lifestyle of corporate people, working in IT, HR, Finance, Shared Services and other sectors leaves them with little scope but to work as designed .Hence we are experiencing a shortfall of entrepreneurs and leaders who have another aspect to life beyond living only to get the paycheck, wait until next appraisals, complain about hopelessness in their respective profiles and go of to sleep only to wake up and do the same the next day. The fact is so called designated leaders; managers do not project something different either. Hence either you follow your leader or wither away. I am not saying the world is going extinct of true leaders and entrepreneurs or creative people. My implication is in today’s world creativity is also mechanized. I would not be surprised if tomorrow we come up with a robot brain to replace the existing one. So if your head falls off you could replace it from the supermarket, get it attached and reload all your brain functionalities to pump your veins and arteries. And if you just do not like your existing brain and want an Einstein prototype you could get it customized, store all your existing information in a back up drive and reload the data you prefer to keep in your new one.

The alchemists believed in Science to be an art only to enhance existing human glory and go in hand with nature. Currently Science and technology have developed a parallel universe and we are shifting our existence towards it. Tomorrow we will breathe synthetically and are existence will move from living organisms to living robots. We would not be mortals and would not think about immortalization any longer as to be one, one has to live.

The question I come across is, are we heading towards complete transmutation into being robots or we still have some space and time left to transform. Think about it, our dependency by minute is rising on technology. Do not misconstrue me, technology is important however leaving your thought process on it and breathing gadgets instead of air is something else. Even saints and priests now prefer selling their belief online, in auction for bidding and no more are self less preachers. You do not need to chant a prayer. Get it from a sanctified entity for $50 online, but you must have a credit card or you’re a worthless exist in present society.

Think over it, would you want your next produce to be a nature and God’s creation or a science fiction. High time we start our brains to think for us else like the pituitary gland, you would be able to take it out and even sell it off and work on new recipes, Brain Pudding and Fries anyone?


dr.wardha jawdat said...

excellent write shweta..loved the thought process...daunting as it is we can't escape the unfortunate vortex of technology..its somehow selfpropagating like the hydra..which is scary considering technology is inanimate..= ).

Minanath Dhaske said...

great one..!!!

The wizard said...

Thank you all for your views. Please keep sharing your opinions. It helps :)

Prashant said...

I'm looking for some interesting and unusual facts comparing and contrasting the human brain and the Machines in terms of speed, structure, memory, and various capabilities. This is for a talk. Any interesting facts would be welcome.

Although I find this interesting, I think that the comparison is grossly simplistic and unrealistic for starters, the brain and the machines are two totally different systems. Most machines are digital machines that process informs serially. There are a few machines, mainly high end supercomputers that use parallel processing extensively, the best example I can think of would be the Connection Machine by Thinking Machines In which, I think (there's a lot of stuff off the top of my head, sorry, feel free to flame or advise me), has 64,000 processors in parallel. But, no computer comes close to the brain in that respect. I believe the brain contains some 10 billion neurons with up to 100 trillion interconnections. Also, computers and people excel at very different things. What we find difficult, computers find very easy - such as scanning and encyclopedia for strings, or matching genes from huge data pools, or solving complex mathematical systems. But, things we find second nature, language, speech, visual recognition, motor control, etc, computers have thus far, failed miserably in comparison. Also, although we have a great deal of knowledge about the workings of Computers (we make them) and presumable there is someone out there who could tell you how each little logic gate and PNP junction works to shunt electrons and do all sorts of things. But, I'd pay BIG BIG money to meet the person who can tell you exactly how the human brain works. The human brain is extremely and unbelievable complex and every day science discovers more about this.

Well, that's my humble two cents worth. thanx for humoring me. And good luck on your talk.

Prashant Jain

The wizard said...

At Prashant , you proved me my friend. I have nothing else to say. :)

dFonzer said...

Frankly, it depends on you.. More than often, you get ample time to do creative things.. even with as stale a work environment as corporate.. Dont you think? :)

The wizard said...

Thank you all, keep reviewing