I have a problem: data cannot be dumped into my brain as fast as I need it to be. The 4 main inputs, my 2 eyes and 2 ears, are limited by my speed of reading and the speed of speech and audio comprehension. At those limited rates, I will never, ever take in everything on my ever-growing list of things to know.
This technical limitation occasionally leads to wishes of a direct-to-brain interface of visual and audio media, skipping the actual joy of experiencing the accumulation of it and arriving at a state of fully informed bliss. Today, however, I took that thought process a little further, and realized that maybe, just maybe, there's a reason for the information transfer speed limit: the world has produced so much data, so much information, that if one attempted to transfer all of it (or even a small percentage of it) to one's brain, there might be an issue. I envision something akin to filling up a hard drive and getting an "out of disk space" error, which not only interrupts the data transfer process, but also results in major performance issues for the entire system. If we did contain the sum total of the world's data output inside of our brains, could our brain actually wade through all of it in its role as information processor, which is one of its other central functions (along with serving as information storage facility and director of the central nervous system)? I doubt it.
The brain is wondrous in its role as cpu, but sorely lacks in terms of storage capacity and data input, in my view. The solution would be something along the lines of "hot pluggable" information modules, comparable to loading a different dvd for each region of the country into your GPS nav unit, or a new movie into your dvd player. The information modules would contain every scrap of data ever produced for a given subject matter, instantly accessible for an individual human being to jack into and make of it what he or she will. I think Google is on that path with its project to digitize books, as is Project Gutenberg. These efforts address only books, and just a relative few of them at that, but it's easy to see where this could eventually lead.
Which brings us back to my original desire, which is a direct-to-brain interface for the data. The longing to know all that has been or can be known is both a blessing and a curse, but for me, mostly a blessing.