Our Brains Are Way More Powerful Than We Ever Thought

Our Brains Are Way More Powerful Than We Ever Thought

We know surprisingly little about the brain, but we do know that the brain is a powerful thing-as it turns out, a much more powerful thing than we ever thought. Before 2016, scientists and researchers estimated that the brain can hold only the equivalent of about 100 terabytes of information at a maximum. Research from the Salk Institute suggests that the brain is capable of holding the equivalent to 1 petabyte of information. This number, which is the same as 1,000 terabytes or 1 million gigabytes, is comparable to the amount of information on the entire web.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    According to a 2016 study, our brains can store at least a petabyte of information. (0:34)

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    When you experience something, your experience is converted into pulses of electrical energy. (1:23)

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    The brain has approximately 86 billion neurons. (2:07)

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