The real heart of the ICT revolution is that, together, the power of modern ICT combined with the unique ability of the human brain to reflect can lead to insights and knowledge that separately they never can or ever will realize. The combination of, on the one hand, the digital processing, storing and networking power of modern computers that make massive amounts of data and information easy to retrieve and process and, on the other hand, the unique reflecting power of the human brain that is the only tool that can reflect to generate knowledge and insights and be creative, is unbeatable. The revolution is one of close synergy between ICT and the human brain, where ICT amplifies the strengths and complements the weaknesses of the human brain and vice versa.
By the way, Kasparov himself was very aware of this and experimented with a chess game where the players were allowed to use chess computers. Playchess.com followed up on this idea and in 2005 organized a big tournament, where the company discovered that mid-level chess players who made good use of average chess computers were able to beat the best chess supercomputers as well as teams of grandmasters.
Today we have almost as much computing power in our smartphones as the super-computer that beat Kasparov in 1997, and yet we are still only at the beginning of this revolution of collaboration between brains and computers. One of the places where this is particularly evident is the workplace, where during most of their working day professionals do not make the best use of their ICT to increase the performance of their brain; in fact, it’s much worse than that, they use ICT in ways that ruin their intellectual productivity and creativity.
For an optimal synergy between your ICT and your brain, you need to know something about your brain.
In my next blog I will explain a few truly amazing facts about your brain. To put this in context, I will compare your brain’s computing power with a supercomputer that is being built to model a human brain. Ready for a big surprise?