Credit: Salk Institute
"This is a real bombshell in the field of neuroscience," said co-senior author of the study Terry Sejnowski, professor at Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California, US.
"Our new measurements of the brain's memory capacity increase conservative estimates by a factor of 10 to at least a petabyte, in the same ballpark as the World Wide Web," Sejnowski noted.
The new research published in the journal eLife also answers a long standing question as to how the brain is so energy efficient and could help engineers build computers that are incredibly powerful but also conserve energy.
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