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(Telegraph)   The brains of older people only appear to slow down because they have so much information to compute, much like a full-up hard drive   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 75
    More: Obvious, scientists believe, cognitive sciences  
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2014-01-20 04:21:38 PM  
And I thought it was my antivirus software.
 
2014-01-20 04:24:39 PM  
I blame it on not processing anything unless it involves staying warm, dry, and fed.
 
2014-01-20 04:36:21 PM  
Have you tried running the defrag?
 
2014-01-20 04:39:34 PM  
Too many video games, man.
 
2014-01-20 04:39:47 PM  
This is why I drink.  Or as I like to call it, "downloading memory decompilers".
 
2014-01-20 04:40:37 PM  
**BAD SECTOR**
**BAD SECTOR**
**BAD SECTOR**

/pees the bed

**BAD SECTOR**
**BAD SECTOR**
**BAD SECTOR**
 
2014-01-20 04:46:17 PM  

gopher321: **BAD SECTOR**
**BAD SECTOR**
**BAD SECTOR**

/pees the bed

**BAD SECTOR**
**BAD SECTOR**
**BAD SECTOR**


lmfao. nice.
 
2014-01-20 05:08:31 PM  
"Full-up"?
 
2014-01-20 05:09:56 PM  

NewportBarGuy: Have you tried running the defrag?


That's homophobia!
/oh, deFRAG...
 
2014-01-20 05:13:23 PM  
Error: Drive not found
www.politicaljack.com
 
2014-01-20 05:15:21 PM  
MUCH LIKE A CISC VS. A RISC PROCESSOR.
 
2014-01-20 05:16:43 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-01-20 05:22:31 PM  

Confabulat: Too many video games, man.


It's all the lyrics to pointless pop songs that get stuck in there, taking up space.
 
2014-01-20 05:29:47 PM  
growingleaders.com
 
2014-01-20 05:33:12 PM  
I kinda get this and I'm not even 40. I'm like a trivia sponge and I love to learn new things, but the more information that gets crammed in there, the harder it is to locate the files. The defrag option would be nice to have for a brain...
 
2014-01-20 05:33:16 PM  
It's full of porn and bloatware.
 
2014-01-20 05:34:14 PM  
Reminds me of the Married With Children episode when Al kept giving Kelly bits of sports trivia until her brain was full.
 
2014-01-20 05:38:04 PM  
This explains why younger people often exclaim, "404!" when I ask them something.
 
2014-01-20 05:40:12 PM  
Nice theory, but . . . no.
 
2014-01-20 05:43:44 PM  
Cortana sympathizes.
 
2014-01-20 05:45:57 PM  
I'd go and read the farking article but, you know, no more room.
 
2014-01-20 05:46:10 PM  
so says an old guy.
 
2014-01-20 05:48:28 PM  
I blame it on alcohol.  And porn.  Did I mention the porn?
 
2014-01-20 05:54:03 PM  
I offloaded my trivia database to the cloud, er hivemind, er google+wikipedia a long time ago.
 
2014-01-20 05:56:59 PM  
if they offered you to get 10 more years of memories but they would have to "erase 10 years"  which 10 years would you chose?
 
2014-01-20 06:03:04 PM  
ERROR: NO OPERATING SYSTEM
 
2014-01-20 06:08:09 PM  

RaiderFanMikeP: if they offered you to get 10 more years of memories but they would have to "erase 10 years"  which 10 years would you chose?



my 20s
 
2014-01-20 06:11:08 PM  
I was thinking about this the other day while watching Highlander (yeah shuddup).  If we were to greatly extend the human lifespan this could eventually be the limiting factor. Imagine a world full of dementia patients, not because here is anything medically wrong but because their brains can't cope with a 1,000 years of experiences.

The first solution will be periodic hard drive wipes.  Wanna live another 100 years? Fine, you gotta give up your childhood.  The next development will be the ability to download memories to a computer, where you could browse and relive them at your leisure.  Eventually we would be able to bioengineer new brains that can handle the load.
 
2014-01-20 06:15:39 PM  

BigLuca: I was thinking about this the other day while watching Highlander (yeah shuddup).  If we were to greatly extend the human lifespan this could eventually be the limiting factor. Imagine a world full of dementia patients, not because here is anything medically wrong but because their brains can't cope with a 1,000 years of experiences.

The first solution will be periodic hard drive wipes.  Wanna live another 100 years? Fine, you gotta give up your childhood.  The next development will be the ability to download memories to a computer, where you could browse and relive them at your leisure.  Eventually we would be able to bioengineer new brains that can handle the load.


Nah, you're missing the most straightforward way, the one followed by the "singularity" people, and it's entirely likely.  We'll just AUGMENT our existing brains, no need at all to "wipe" anything or engineer new brains.  The existing brain becomes a mesh with artificially added storage.

We're kind of already doing it, of course -- when's the last time you had to remember someone's phone number?
 
2014-01-20 06:15:49 PM  
This message paid for by the Association for Old People, Driving Slowly, Right in Front of You....
 
2014-01-20 06:21:08 PM  

Ecliptic: This message paid for by the Association for Old People, Driving Slowly, Right in Front of You....


What's the matter sonny? You in a hurry? Think you're going somewhere important?
Got news for ya, Noobie.
The only important place you're going is the same one I am.
And we'll get there soon enough.
 
2014-01-20 06:21:11 PM  

Ecliptic: This message paid for by the Association for Old People, Driving Slowly, Right in Front of You....


With the left turn signal constantly on ...
 
2014-01-20 06:23:48 PM  

RaiderFanMikeP: if they offered you to get 10 more years of memories but they would have to "erase 10 years"  which 10 years would you chose?


All those useless hours, like the time behind the wheel in my daily commute.  Or like the admins, purging memories of recent articles so I don't spot the dupes?
 
2014-01-20 06:29:01 PM  

Far Cough: I'd go and read the farking article but, you know, no more room.


plus, it's like six pages. tl:dr
 
2014-01-20 06:31:57 PM  
Far Cough:
Nah, you're missing the most straightforward way, the one followed by the "singularity" people, and it's entirely likely.  We'll just AUGMENT our existing brains, no need at all to "wipe" anything or engineer new brains.  The existing brain becomes a mesh with artificially added storage.

We're kind of already doing it, of course -- when's the last time you had to remember someone's phone number?


Yeah but the storage part is just half of it. We need a wipe the memory in the first place and the brain's built in forgetting mechanism isn't efficient enough, as show by the article.  These are two separate steps and the most important one is forgetting.  It's possible that the storage/interface part will be developed first, allowing for a smooth transition, but it's just as likely memory wipe will be developed first with outside, but conventional, storage of information as an adjunct.
 
2014-01-20 06:36:42 PM  

RaiderFanMikeP: if they offered you to get 10 more years of memories but they would have to "erase 10 years"  which 10 years would you chose?


Both of my marriages. That was easy.
 
2014-01-20 06:42:40 PM  
sure. whatever. stupid study leading to massively excessive speculation and based on unsupported assumptions perchance?

rtfa...

yep.
 
2014-01-20 06:43:39 PM  
OK why won't people just die? please between this and the inevitable cancer thing the other day, just die if your over 60

/Want to apply for a death panel
 
2014-01-20 06:46:20 PM  

bigpeeler: "Full-up"?


Hell yeah, man! That thang's full-up!"

cdn.lightgalleries.net
 
2014-01-20 06:53:26 PM  

albatros183: OK why won't people just die? please between this and the inevitable cancer thing the other day, just die if your over 60

/Want to apply for a death panel


25 years for being a kid and schooling

25 years for working

25 years for retirement

at 75  report to death panel for early termination
 
2014-01-20 06:57:42 PM  
The years go by fast, people.  Try not to be so farking smug.  You too will age -- if you're very lucky.

/not as old as I sound
 
2014-01-20 07:00:13 PM  

dopekitty74: I kinda get this and I'm not even 40. I'm like a trivia sponge and I love to learn new things, but the more information that gets crammed in there, the harder it is to locate the files. The defrag option would be nice to have for a brain...


I have a similar problem. I love learning new things but I can't recall what I want when I want, and sometimes info just leaks out at random times. Seems like I can't have a conversation with someone without some piece of random fact coming out of my mouth. Some people find it impressive, but I bet more find it annoying.

File integrity is weakening. Figures my brain would be set up with FAT instead of NFTS.
 
2014-01-20 07:00:22 PM  

nyseattitude: Error: Drive not found
[www.politicaljack.com image 400x300]


Naw the drive is there, he just forgot about the master/slave setup.  He thinks he's the master, but really he is the slave with no operating system.  Happens all the time.
 
2014-01-20 07:12:54 PM  

RaiderFanMikeP: albatros183: OK why won't people just die? please between this and the inevitable cancer thing the other day, just die if your over 60

/Want to apply for a death panel

25 years for being a kid and schooling

25 years for working

25 years for retirement

at 75  report to death panel for early termination


Only 25 years of working? Sounds great, considering I'll be close to 50 years of full-time work by the time I get to retire.
 
2014-01-20 07:18:12 PM  

RaiderFanMikeP: albatros183: OK why won't people just die? please between this and the inevitable cancer thing the other day, just die if your over 60

/Want to apply for a death panel

25 years for being a kid and schooling

25 years for working

25 years for retirement

at 75  report to death panel for early termination


I don't think you have thought this through 25 years on my dime living in luxury while I slave away for your benefits I don't think so!!?!!!@, you get 5 count them fiiiivvvveeee(5) years that's as long as you live under my roof and you live by my rules!

/60 and dead do your kids a favor...Don't have them
 
2014-01-20 07:21:31 PM  
It's like the "time moves faster as you get older" thing, just because every year is a smaller percentage of your sum total up to that point.
 
2014-01-20 07:25:58 PM  
Jerry: Louise! That's what's doin' it. You're no longer pre-occupied with sex, so your mind is able to focus.
George: You think?
Jerry: Yeah. I mean, let's say this is your brain. Okay, from what I know about you, your brain consists of two parts: the intellect, represented here, and the part obsessed with sex. Now granted, you have extracted an astonishing amount from this little scrap. But with no-sex-Louise, this previously useless lump, is now functioning for the first time in its existence.
George: Oh my God. I just remembered where I left my retainer in second grade. I'll see ya.
 
2014-01-20 07:26:09 PM  

RaiderFanMikeP: if they offered you to get 10 more years of memories but they would have to "erase 10 years"  which 10 years would you chose?


A big chunk of my first marriage
 
2014-01-20 07:27:57 PM  

Ambivalence: dopekitty74: I kinda get this and I'm not even 40. I'm like a trivia sponge and I love to learn new things, but the more information that gets crammed in there, the harder it is to locate the files. The defrag option would be nice to have for a brain...

I have a similar problem. I love learning new things but I can't recall what I want when I want, and sometimes info just leaks out at random times. Seems like I can't have a conversation with someone without some piece of random fact coming out of my mouth. Some people find it impressive, but I bet more find it annoying.

File integrity is weakening. Figures my brain would be set up with FAT instead of NFTS.


I also get the random info blurts...
 
2014-01-20 07:47:03 PM  

dopekitty74: Ambivalence: dopekitty74: I kinda get this and I'm not even 40. I'm like a trivia sponge and I love to learn new things, but the more information that gets crammed in there, the harder it is to locate the files. The defrag option would be nice to have for a brain...

I have a similar problem. I love learning new things but I can't recall what I want when I want, and sometimes info just leaks out at random times. Seems like I can't have a conversation with someone without some piece of random fact coming out of my mouth. Some people find it impressive, but I bet more find it annoying.

File integrity is weakening. Figures my brain would be set up with FAT instead of NFTS.

I also get the random info blurts...


No you seem to be Journaling
 
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