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How much information in bytes is received by our five senses in one day?

Question #63234. Asked by supershawnofri. (Mar 08 06 9:50 AM)

satcom_tech

Given that all information received by our senses is analog and bytes refer to digital data size the answer would depend entirely on the sampling rate used for conversion of analog to didgital information.

In addition, a person's environment and the soundeness of their senses would have a major impact on the amount of data received. For instance, a person in a pitch black environment would have minimal amounts of visual input data just as a person who is deaf at some frequncies would have limited inout aural data.

 Mar 08 06, 11:18 AM
Baloo55th

Impossible to answer, I'm afraid. Computer information is measurable in bits and bytes because it's digital - everything is represented by combinations of 1 and 0. Human beings are analogue. We don't just work with yes and no - we use maybe as well. Only when they build a robot that can see, hear, smell, taste and feel will there be any chance of answering this. And that's a long way off yet. They haven't made one yet that can put the coffee out and make a decent cup of cat - or do I mean that the other way round? As I type this, the radio is playing Bach (boring!), a blackbird in the garden is getting its knickers in a twist about something, there are slight noises from next-door's kitchen and I can still taste the chicken soup I had about five minutes ago. How many bytes of info there? And that's not taking into account the feel of my jeans drying on my legs and the tickly feeling at my collar because I need a haircut. (Who said 'Which one needs cutting?'?)

 Mar 08 06, 11:29 AM
xfacilitatorx

It is the "frontal" processing that makes the difference. We receive constant input but only process a portion to where it is used. The rest is 'somewhere in there' to possibly be experienced at another time, if at all.

As sat_com wrote, one's enviornment and how one lives through this environment determines how much actual data is available to be received.

This truly is a personal thing.

 Mar 08 06, 11:31 AM

 In the MINIX operating system an inode occupies 64 bytes. Assuming that an inode is created for every 10Kbytes of file space, how many inodes would be created for a file space of 10Gbytes? Assuming a disk block size of 1024 bytes how many disk blocks will be taken up by inodes?

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