Researchers from the Californian “Salk” institute achieved to calculate the memory capacity of the human brain through analysis of the potential synapses, places for contact between two neurons, which are responsible for data storage.
Professor Terry Seznovsky’s team, discovered that if any synapse may storage 4.7 bits (0.5875 bytes) of information, the human brain could storage 1.000.000.000.000.000 of information, i.e. 1 petabyte!
One petabyte of information equals 13.3 years of television HD videos, 4.7 billion books or 670 million websites. However, the scientist notes that this is a theoretical memory capacity, and the brain “archives” are actually quite smaller.
“This is a particularly important discovery in the area of neuroscience. Our new estimations for the brain capacity are ten times bigger than the percentages so far applied in the scientific community”, says the American researcher.