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TECH: Humans may develop infinite memory by 2030
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Humans may develop infinite memory

by 2030

By Max Rogers

BT 201612 Tech 02 memoryMemory is one of the 'darkest' sides of the human's body which hasn't been studied enough yet. We use our memory on a daily basis, memorizing daily news we hear or things that we place in our room. At the same time, we hardly remember the spot where we had put our T-shirt last month or we definitely don't remember the news that we might have heard on the 12th of July, 2007 (or any other day except the most prominent ones). So, our memory stores some information regularly by clearing some old data, which is less frequently used by us. This fact is the evidence for our memory to have some limited size. But can we measure it?


Capacity of our memory

BT 201612 Tech 01 11While we know that memory has its limit, we still can't measure its capacity. According to Paul Reber, professor of psychology at Northwestern University, our brain consists of about one billion neurons. Each neuron has about 1,000 connections. It makes more than one trillion connections in total. If each connection could store some memory, its total capacity would be too large (equal to about 2.5 petabytes). We would probably be able to memorize everything.


But our memory doesn't work in this way. Some facts may be remembered with more details, while others with less clarity. Some information may be cleared up while other, which is used by us more frequently, can be kept in the memory for a longer period of time. These are the different ways in which our brain uses memory and keeps information but it does not allow us to measure its capacity.


Nanocomputers in our bloodstream

BT 201612 Tech 03 RV AN555 WKNDCO GR 20140530180035According to Ray Kurzweil, the Director of Engineering of Google, the new era of thinking for humans will come soon. It will happen after we start implanting nanocomputers in our brains. They will circulate in our bloodstream, providing us with more space to store some information as well as delivering some new and creative ideas. Ray is sure that it will happen by the 2030s.


Even today computers are smart enough to provide us with processing power andcontextually relevant help whenever it is needed. They make our tasks much easier with the help of predictive analytics, natural language reasoning and artificial intelligence. Thanks to cloud solutions, computers may also have a really large capacity to store any amount of information. Linking them to our bodies with a help of nanorobots would be a great solution.


The new era of thinking

BT 201612 Tech 04 shutterstock 231334681 e1456336190400Kurzweil, the author of the idea of infinite memory, is sure that it is time for the new era of human thinking to arrive. Mankind started thinking the way we do know about 200 million years ago. Then our ancestors developed a new area of their brain called 'the neocortex'. This was how we got the ability to think creatively and critically. This was also the only difference between the first humans and the other animals inhabiting the Earth at that time. It leads us through the process of thinking.


Obviously today the software is good enough for providing infinite memory for every human in the world. The capacity of our data centres is enormous and it can be developed even further. The issue lies in hardware. Kurzweil states that the 'right' technologies, which would allow tiny robots to connect our mind with the cloud, will be developed in future. They will establish the link between human body and remote computers.


Discovery of the neocortex allowed us to invent speech and indulge in writing, drawing and analyzing. But this new technology of implanting the 'memory robots' within our bodies will add a limitless dimension to our abilities. We will be able to remember any information and get any amount of knowledge to expand our experience.


Precautions


The prediction, made by Google's Engineering Director may sound crazy, right? Indeed, we can't imagine the procedure of implementation of any robotic stuff in our veins. But there is an important observation to be made at this point.


Ray Kurzweil has some experience in the field of technology predictions. In 1990 he stated that by 2009 humans will have portable computers, mobile phones and eyeglasses with a built-in screen. Obviously, it sounded crazy back then too. But today it is a reality.


It is also worth mentioning that in his TED talk Kurzweil cautioned humans as regards their attitude towards technologies. He said: "Technology is a double-edged sword. It has its promise and also its peril".


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