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Humans are compared to computers all the time. We both seem to be made up of memory, bandwidth and communication devices all processing at varying speeds. Most notably, the human brain is often described as the most powerful computer in nature. So imagine the intrigue, when watching a lecture on flow, a question at the end came up: when we overclock computer components they degrade faster, is hacking into flow just overclocking our bodies? Short answer; no. But let dig a little deeper...
Normally when someone talks about overclocking their computer, they specifically mean the processor (CPU). (I won't go into architectural detail of CPU, as we would be here for weeks, but it is fascinating stuff if you're interested.) It carries out all the complex calculations and keeps all the other components running in time with each other. It is essentially the processing brain of the computer. So the CPU has a standard base clock speed that it runs at, but with some computer witchcraft, you can make it run at a faster speed e.g. 3.6Ghz to 4.4Ghz, improving and potentially hitting its peak performance.
You might be thinking that's no big deal, if it can cope with the higher speed, just run it at that. But this is the issue, and where our flow comparison comes in. In order to run at that higher clock speed, the component is stressed beyond what is the standard level and so degrades faster than if it was processing at the lower speed. This is how basically all man-made objects perform, if you push it further, it degrades quicker.