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5 things your brain does better than a computer

By: Shea Gunther on July 29, 2012, 12:05 p.m.
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Brains are better

For as long as computers have been around, they've been doing things better than humans. The earliest computing devices were designed to calculate numbers faster than people, and today's computers can do everything from calculating pi out to a few billion places to rendering the latest Hollywood blockbuster onto your screen, complete with Dolby surround sound audio. Computer-aided design has allowed us to build skyscrapers thousands of feet high, submarines that can tickle the deepest ocean's deepest depths, and this. Computers can calculate billions of operations per second and access huge swaths of information stored in memory. A computer program can defeat a grand master chess player, Jeopardy champions and top poker players

But all is not lost. There are still a few activities that are too complex for a computer to bash its binary way through. In those realms, humans still reign. But don't get too comfortable; computers are getting faster and smarter by the year. Here are five things that your brain does better than a computer. (Text: Shea Gunther)