Is there still a place for the human brain?

It has been said that the best business brains are the inquisitive ones. But is it possible that this inquisitiveness will lead to its own demise as the leapfrogging emergence of global commercial processing power accelerates and unprecedented information ready to hand takes even greater control. With so much pre-programmed reactions being built in, will the human brain become redundant as a force driving humanity itself?

In pondering this, I chanced on the SAGE business brain training site which made me look at it clip_image002this in more practical detail. It has some great insights into the types of business skills needed by successful people. The site, which runs Business Brain Training a quiz, also points out to me what people in business and young people learning should developed to be successful.

So in a debate with myself taking the side to argue in favor of brain keeping the power I concluded that it is actually even more critical to build management skills to ensure systems that run most of our lives don’t die.

Each of the items in the following quotes bare definitions I got from the SAGE site. I am not sure where they got them from but they are excellent food for thought. It was a fun to work thru hence I am posting it here. Perhaps someone may like to take the opposite view.

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It is been put that with much of the worlds commercial and logistics now being connected by intelligent systems, the human brain can soon be replaced.

Here are 6 reasons why that will never happen.

Foresight by analytical system only helps predict futures but to spot opportunities takes more.

Foresight is the quality that will help you identify what success looks like for you. Good foresight is the sign of a great decision-maker, and someone who is equally strong at spotting opportunities that can lead them down their own path to success

Logic is at the heart of the heart of all systems. But even the most sophisticated NASA computers and commercial aero planes still need highly skilled people to tactically interpret information and react quickly to make critical decisions.

Logical thinking links up well with foresight. It’s the ability to recognize the order of events necessary to achieve success. The logical thinker’s strength is in identifying and processing patterns and seeing how they could work advantageously. Individuals with good logic skills are good at creating a practical order of a series of facts or events.

Concentration and sustaining focus on the right things is something systems can only support.

In a fast-moving business environment, people are faced with many different challenges, often in quick succession and sometimes all at once. Concentration is the ability to provide the necessary level of focus for each challenge, so that an individual can identify the key actions needed to achieve a solution.

Responsivness can be programmed but without human intervention disaster is inevitable.

This is the ability to work well under pressure and to adapt to a constantly changing environment. Individuals who excel in rapid response skills tend to be good all-rounders who can call on a range of skills when they need them. They can balance the adrenaline-fuelled thought process that is created by high-pressure situations with the calmness and control needed for intelligent decision making.

Memory just cannot be replaced by systems. System don’t remember anything they just store and process information.

It’s rare that all of the information you need to overcome a challenge will be readily available to you when you need it. The ability to retain key facts and carry forward lessons learnt from previous experience is vital to effective problem-solving. The knowledge stored by an individual gives them the power to continually improve the efficiency of business processes.

Numeracy is about joining the dots and not only about being able to calculate and understand numbers. It’s about understanding what is at the heart of the critical numbers and how they may change dynamically. Numeracy is also about understanding and reacting to what caused the numbers not in numerical terns but in the human activity terms that created them. 

Success in business cannot be measured by profit alone. However, the ability to operate at a reasonably high level (and deliver profit) is an essential factor in determining long-term success. An agile numerical brain is a key part of making the right decisions to make a business profitable.

In conclusion it is easy to observe that good use of information systems and applications extensively improve intuition in the human brain of those who use and understand them well. And the human brain because of that improves the systems. Therefore these six highly important human abilities can never be replaced by synthetic brain power. 

I rest my case.

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Disclaimer / Acknowledgment

For those interested SAGE is one of the words large application technology companies with an impressive track record for quality business management products.

At the time publishing this post I can say with impurity that I have no association with SAGE at all nor am i aware do any of my affiliates. The information on their site referred to here is acknowledged as their material posted under international copyright and is used here for the purpose of debating arguments it poses.

Any inference or presumption that I or any of the contributors to this post represent SAGE or its views by association is denied. I do however acknowledge the excellent value of the material they posted and I recommended it.

5 thoughts on “Is there still a place for the human brain?

  1. Isn’t it amazing what the mind can encompass?
    It does help if you are a little weird!!

    ——————————
    A Short Neurological Test

    *1- Find the C below.. Please do not use any cursor help.*

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    *
    2- If you already found the C, now find the 6 below.*

    99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
    99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
    99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
    69999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
    99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
    99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
    *
    3 – Now find the N below. It’s a little more difficult.*

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMNMM
    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

    This is NOT a joke. If you were able to pass these 3 tests, you can cancel
    your annual visit to your neurologist. Your brain is great and you’re far
    from having a close relationship with Alzheimer.
    *
    Congratulations!*

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