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Human Brain vs. Processor [cpu] - which one is faster?

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I'm currently in a debate of which is faster, human brain or cpu.

Which one would you think is faster and why? We're not only talking about brain vs. Calc.

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i think my brain is faster at picking out a hot chick than a cpu.
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The human brain still leads in my opinion. The processes which the brain does are far more than a computer can handle - when you start from breathing and go on....
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The brain is faster calculation wise, although the person using the brain would not be that fast at using it.
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The brain. It was approximated that the CPU reaches the power of the brain in 2020. By that time, a CPU with the power of the brain would cost 1000€

In 2030, it would be a lot cheaper.

Human brains are different than raw CPU's. We are programmed to analyze different things in our enviroment that benefit GREATLY to our survival. Calculation isn't one of them. The brain is weak in that area.

1/3 of the brains processing power goes to analyzing the visual information.

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Raw calculation aside, human brain wins, hands down.
    
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Depends what process you're debating. The brain can do things infinitely more complex than a CPU and multitasks like no other. However, a CPU will obviously beat it out in math, but that may be a personal knowledge limitation, rather than raw processing power limitation. Perhaps if the full power of the brain could be harnessed to do a math problem, it may be much faster than a processor.

Also, you have to compare sizes. Look at a CPU die vs. the size of your head. If you had a CPU die the size of your brain... that'd be a lot of transistors...

If you're talking raw power based on transistor numbers, the brain is estimated at 100+ billion neurons. I don't any CPU's with anywhere near that transistor count.
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The brain is better at abstract things like recognising faces and stuff.
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This question is non answerable in my opinion. It is like comparing a hammer and a screwdriver. Do they do similar things yes, but they are specialized for different things. Can a hammer put in a screw yes, but not well. Can a screwdriver drive a nail yes, but not well.

For calculations humans are slower. For complex multilayer tasks humans are faster, ie creativity. Can humans do calculations, yes but not as fast. Can a processor be creative, it can appear as such, but is running software created by a human.

Comparing two vastly different things never works.
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Question is too relative to the task at hand.

I can do many things faster than even a supercomputer. However, there are things my desktop can do that I could likely not finish myself in hundreds of years.

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Originally Posted by metroidfreak View Post
The brain is faster calculation wise, although the person using the brain would not be that fast at using it.
False distinction here.

Ultimately, you are your brain.
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