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We all check the storage of a device before buying it, but have we ever thought how much information can our brain store? Well, it has no less information like all of your memories from your childhood to your adulthood all exist there in your brain and you fetch it whenever you feel or you want to. Yes, let us talk about the brain in a technical way to understand it in a better way. In, 2010, from a research it was found that the brain can store 2.5 petabytes of information, yes 2.5 petabytes and 1 petabyte is equal to 1024 terabytes and 2.5 million gigabytes. You get a laptop of 1 to 2 TBs of space and the phones with 64 to 128 GBs of space and that is sufficient for us for a long time.



So from this you can think how gigantic the storage of our brain is, these capacities of the devices do not even come far near to it. The brain has around 100 billion neurons, having around 1,000 connections to other neurons that makes a total of 100 trillion that works for the capacity of the brain. But with another research we knew that the brain stores 1 petabyte of information, and the brain doesn’t work with 0s and 1s but has 26 ways to code its bits.



Tom Bartol, a neuroscientist at the Salt Institute said “By contrast, a computer with the same memory and processing power would require 1 gigawatt of power, or "basically a whole nuclear power station to run one computer that does what our 'computer' does with 20 watts.Terry Sejnowski, a biologist from the same institute said, “This is a real bombshell in the field of neuroscience." These are the research but whatever is the exact capacity it is a whole lot than we can fill our thoughts with, and even Wikipedia does not stand near to it. Well the Internet can have a competition though!


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- Rajat Priyam
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