Man vs. Machine Over the years, man has come up with countless inventions, each more resourceful than the last. However, as the computer age continues, mankind is threatened. Ridiculous, some may say, but I say look around! The computer has already begun to control so many of the vital functions that man has prided himself upon before. Our lives are now dependent on a computer and what it tells you. Even now, I type this essay on a computer, trusting that it will produce a result far superior to what I can do with my own to hands.
It has been commonly said that the computer can never replace the human brain, for it is humans that created them. Is this a good reason why the computer must be inferior to humans? Even if we just focus on a single creation of man, say the subject of this essay, the computer, there are many ways in which the computer has the edge over man. The computer has the capability to evaluate problems that man can hardly even imagine, let alone approach. Even if a man can calculate the same problems as a computer, the computer can do it faster than he can possibly accomplish.
Say this man can calculate as fast as a computer, but can he achieve a 100% rate of accuracy in his calculation? Why do we now go over the human data entry into a computer when a mistake is noticed instead of checking the computer? It is because computers now possess the ability to hold no error in its operation, where mankind has not advanced in this area at all. The human brain has a lot of flaws, yet it also has an edge over the computer. It has the capacity to create, unlike the computer, and it can work without full input, making logical assumptions about problems. A person can work with a wide variety of methods, seeing new, more efficient ways of handling problems. It can come up with infinite ways of getting around problems encountered in day to day life, while a computer has a limited memory of new tricks it can come up with, limited by its programming. Should improved programming be introduced, it is the human brain that figures out the programming that will allow any improvements for the computer.
The human brain can learn to understand anything, it can grasp the central concept of anything. Also, emotions are not capable in a computer. It allows the human brain to have evolved beyond a problem-solving machine. Emotions open the mind to an endless realm of possibilities. The reason why computers cannot create is because of the lack of emotions. For example, anger allows the imagination to roam, inventing concepts of new, ever more powerful weapons of destruction.
Puzzlement causes the mind to think of solutions. Curiosity leads to attempts to satisfy it, producing new discoveries and ideas. On the other hand, the computer is clearly superior in many other aspects. In sheer speed of computation and retrieval of data, the computer is obviously by far the stronger. It has the capacity to handle things on a far bigger scale than the human brain could ever do.
Measurements, results, applications can all be done to the smallest details, far beyond the human brain's capabilities. Calculations can be done with an accuracy nearly impossible to achieve manually. In conclusion, computers are far from perfect. They have only a limited capacity for learning and even this usually is not entirely accurate, for the computer lacks the common sense of the human brain, thus it cannot accurately realize its own mistake, if any. The human brain has many flaws just as it has advantages.
The random mindset of the human brain gives allowance for many mistakes to be made. Man has the potential but it's never realized. I refer to the potential to compute and store memory as efficiently or even more so than a computer. The human brain can never perform tasks as efficiently or as tirelessly than the computer. This is because the human brain can get bored quite easily and tends to stray from the task at hand. The computer does not get tired or bored, it just sits there and works, no problems.
Emotions make the mind dangerously unstable, performance subject to moods and emotional disruption. The computer suffers no such problems. The human brain is easily stressed out by events and loses effectiveness when tired. Emotions blur the human brain's capacity to make clear, logical decisions, even when they are thrown before its eyes, and impair problem-solving capabilities.
Age also has a devastating effect on the function of the human brain. Once old age sets in, the brain is of little use to anyone, and the person becomes a liability.