A child who had a fractured skull is the world’s fastest human computer

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Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash is known in Indian as the world’s fastest human-computer. Photo credit: newvision.co.ug

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The Indian who is the world’s fastest human calculator had a fractured skull as a child at the age of 5

 

In 2005, Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash fell from a scooter hit by a truck, banged his head on the road, and fractured his skull; got 85 stitches and multiple operations; had medically-induced coma for 7 days, and spent the following year bedridden.

 

 

Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash who is known in India as the world’s fastest human calculator had a fractured skull as a child at the age of 5, according to a recent media report.

In 2005, Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash fell from a scooter hit by a truck, banged his head on the road, and fractured his skull; got 85 stitches and multiple operations; had medically-induced coma for 7 days, and spent the following year bedridden.

 A calculation like 659,432,784 times 86 which gives you 56,711,219,224 will take Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash just 26 seconds to work out mentally and give the answer even while an average mathematician might still be reaching for a calculator.

 

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According to the Limca Book of Records — India’s equivalent to Guinness World Records — Bhanu’s mind processes numbers at an average speed of 12 per second, around 10 times faster than a regular brain.

Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash, who hails from Hyderabad in India’s southern Telangana state, said he is able to make such complex calculations at breakneck speed through “structured practice.”

“Let’s say I am doing a multiplication of 8,763 multiplied by eight,” he says. “I’ll probably multiply 8,000 by eight which is 64,000, 700 by eight which is 5,600, 60 by eight which is 480, three by eight is 24. And I add all of these. But this requires the human brain to remember all this.

“The methods which I use are very similar to general methods but certain things — basically (it’s) brain optimization. I optimize my methods and make them better than before.

On August 15, Bhanu, became the first Asian and the first non-European winner in history to win gold at the Mental Calculation World Championship at the Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO) in London – a 23-year old event, beating other 29 opponents from 13 countries.

“Bhanu dominated the Mental Calculations World Championship and finished 65 points ahead of everyone else,” says Mind Sports Olympiad CEO Etan Ilfeld.

Bhanu fractured his skull in 2005 at the age of 5 when he fell from his cousin’s scooter when it was hit by a truck, banging his head on the road.

He needed 85 stitches and multiple operations before doctors put him into a medically induced coma.

When he woke up almost seven days later, the doctors told his parents that Bhanu could be cognitively impaired for the rest of his life due to his head injuries.

He spent the following year bedridden.

 

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