Brain Power

Every once in a while you read something that really blows your mind.  Today I was reading notes from Peter Thiel’s Stanford startup class – the topic was Artificial Intelligence (AI).  While the entire topic is pretty impressive this line really blew me away:

If current trajectories hold, in 14 years the world’s fastest supercomputer will do more operations per second than the number of neurons in the brains of all living people

I’ve read there are something like 100 billion neurons in the average brain.  I’m not sure how many operations per second my brain is doing but I think I could count them on one hand.


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