Feat: Brainiac, ‘Action Comics’ #868

IN ALIEN INVASIONS

BRAINIAC (VRIL DOX I)
NEW EARTH

In ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #868, titled “Brainiac (Part III of V) – Greetings”, Brainiac states an intelligence feat. In an attempt to stop Brainiac from invading Earth, Superman finds Brainiac’s Skull Ship. Brainiac awakens for the first time in three centuries and states his Coluan brain can process the knowledge of “over seventy times seven octodecillion beings.”1

How much intelligence does it take for Brainiac’s Coluan brain to process the knowledge of “over seventy times seven octodecillion beings.”1?

In 'Action Comics' (2008) #868, Brainiac states an intelligence feat. Brainiac's Coluan brain can process the knowledge of “over seventy times seven octodecillion beings.”
In ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #868, Brainiac states an intelligence feat. Brainiac’s Coluan brain can process the knowledge of “over seventy times seven octodecillion beings.”1 AP Photo/DC Comics.

BRAINIAC’S COLUAN BRAIN CAN PROCESS THE KNOWLEDGE OF “OVER SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN OCTODECILLION BEINGS.”1

BRAINIAC’S 12TH LEVEL INTELLECT CAN PROCESS THE EQUIVALENT OF 1.225*10^75 BYTES OF INFORMATION, AND IS 1.0208333*10^57 TIMES MORE INTELLIGENT THAN THE INTERNET.

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Brainiac stated a feat of intelligence to Superman: His Coluan brain can process the knowledge of seventy times seven octodecillion beings. For comparison, we used the data capacity of the Internet and of a human being.

We will use these facts to calculate how much information Brainiac can process in bytes and estimate his Intelligence Level.

NUMBER CRUNCHING

Seventy times seven octodecillion beings equals 4.9*10^59. According to ‘DC Day Explained: Brainiac’s AI Program Is The Digital Processing Of All The Information In The Galaxy’, Brainiac is listed as a 12th Level Intellect. A human being can process between 1 terabyte and 2.5 petabytes of information.

If we assume that all the beings Brainiac can process are more or less human, we can calculate how many bytes of information Brainiac can process.

Bytes Of Information in Brainiac = (4.9*10^59)(2.5*10^15 bytes)/(1 human) = 1.225*10^75 bytes.

In comparison, the Internet comprises of 1200*10^15 bytes of data. Let’s calculate how much more intelligent Brainiac is in comparison to the Internet.

Ratio Of Information/Internet = (1.225*10^75 ​bytes)/(1200*10^15 bytes) = 1.0208333*10^57.

INTELLIGENCE

When Brainiac meets Superman, awakening for the first time in three centuries, he states his A.I. is the digital conversion of the information in the Milky Way galaxy within hours.

Brainiac’s 12th Level Intellect can thus process 1.225*10^75 bytes of information at the Cosmic Level of Intelligence.

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Calculations for Brainiac, ‘Action Comics’ #868

Bytes Of Information In A Human Being = 2.5*10^15 Bytes.
Bytes Of Information In The Internet = 1200*10^15 Bytes.

Bytes Of Information in Brainiac = (4.9*10^59)(2.5*10^15 bytes)/(1 human) = 1.225*10^75 bytes.
Ratio Of Information/Internet = (1.225*10^75 ​bytes)/(1200*10^15 bytes) = 1.0208333*10^57.


SOURCES

Action Comics Vol 1 868 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Action Comics #868.

Super Power: The DC Hierarchy Of Intelligence From 12th Level Intellect And Down According To The Races

SUPER POWER

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IN POWER LEVEL

THE DC HIERARCHY OF INTELLIGENCE HAS COLUANS AS ITS STANDARD

Coluans. AP Photo/DC Comics.

The DC hierarchy of intelligence includes alien races, gods, metahumans, cosmic beings and humans. At the top of the classic DC hierarchy of intelligence are the Coluans. The DC hierarchy of intelligence stems from the intelligence system from the planet Colu.

Coluans are aliens from the planet Colu. Their political system is as advanced technarchy where machines rule the everyday lives of Coluans. In fact, Colu is ruled by the Computer Tyrants, sentient machines that regulate every aspect of Coluan life. This is different from Krypton’s former system of government where an advanced state of science and technology was used in order to create a caste system. In both regimes, however, genetic engineering has reached a very advanced state where disease is eradicated and the lifespan is prolonged. Coluans through genetic manipulation are able to live up to 3600 Earth years.

Coluans being a very advanced state of technology and science, the average citizen on Colu has an 8th-level intellect. Colu’s intelligence system is the product of its super-science and of a world ruled by logic, not emotion. In fact, on Colu, life is conserved in immortal cybernetic forms.

THE DC HIERARCHY OF INTELLIGENCE

Since the Silver Age, Brainiac has been recognized as the most intelligent being in the DC Universe. By Coluan standards, Brainiac is a 12th level intellect. After Vril Dox I escaped Colu and Vril Dox II liberated the planet from the Computer Tyrants, Vril Dox I’s psyche inhabited a robot and became Brainiac. His programming was to convert all life in the Milky Way galaxy to digital information in a matter of hours and bottle it on his Skull Ship.

IN “SUPERMAN’S TOP 10 MOST WANTED,” BRAINIAC IS LISTED AS A 12TH-LEVEL INTELLECT

In “Superman’s Top 10 Most Wanted”, Brainiac is listed as a 12th-level intellect. AP Photo/DC Comics

FEATS:

POST-CRISIS
  • Shrinking entire cities into bottles.
  • Creating impenetrable force-fields.
  • Sending armies of Brainiac probes to invade planets.
  • Telepathic attacks on the Justice League.
  • Converting life into digital information on his Skull-ship.
  • Creating a solar aggressor in order to detonate a sun.
  • Displaying superhuman strength to hold his own against Superman.
  • His Coluan brain can process the knowledge of “seventy times seven octodecillion beings.”1
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THE ENTIRE 31ST CENTURY EARTH IS A 9TH LEVEL INTELLECT

In ‘Legion Of Superheroes’ (2020) #3, Robin visits 31st century Earth with Superboy. AP Photo/DC Comics

SEVERAL KRYPTONIANS OF THE HOUSE OF EL ARE LISTED BY THE COLLECTOR AS 8TH LEVEL INTELLECTS

JOR-EL

In 'Action Comics' (2012) #3, Jor-El warns Lara to leave the party in Kandor with baby Kal-El.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2012) #3, Jor-El warns Lara to leave the party in Kandor with baby Kal-El.. AP Photo/DC Comics

FEATS:

POST-CRISIS
  • Predicted the destruction of Krypton.
  • Created Superman’s birthing matrix and rocketed him to Earth.
  • Discovered the Phantom Zone and housed Kryptonian criminals there.
  • Member of the Kryptonian Science Council.
REBIRTH
  • Survived the destruction of Krypton.

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SUPERMAN

In 'Action Comics' (2012) #7, the Collector identifies Superman as an 8th-level intellect.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2012) #7, the Collector identifies Superman as an 8th-level intellect.In ‘JLA’ (1997) #3, Flash (Wally West) uses the Infinite Mass Punch in order to knockout Zum. AP Photo/DC Comics

FEATS:

POST-CRISIS
  • Built the Fortress of Solitude.
  • Built the super robots.
  • Built the Vanishing device to open wormholes to Metropia, a pocket dimension in the Phantom Zone.
  • Can operate the Phantom Zone projector.
  • Built Jimmy Olsen’s signal watch.
  • Memorized the entirety of the Miracle Machine in an instant.
  • Can calculate air pressure when flying.
  • Creates a serum to heal Mon-El of lead poisoning.
POST-FLASHPOINT
  • Memorized a library of medical information in seconds.
  • Articulated the Unified Field Equation.
  • Located Krypton with his radar sense.

IN THE 21ST CENTURY, LEX LUTHOR IS THE HIGHEST RATED INTELLECT, BETWEEN A 7TH AND A 9TH-LEVEL INTELLECT

In 'Action Comics' (2013) #15, Lex Luthor imprisoned at a military facility, states Superman's mind is second to his.
In ‘Superman’ (2013) #15, Lex Luthor imprisoned at a military facility, states Superman’s mind is second to his. AP Photo/DC Comics.

FEATS:

POST-CRISIS
  • Creates the Warsuit, a high powered mech armor/suit designed to take down Superman.
  • Outhacked Brainiac.
  • Turned the sun red in order to kill 100,000 Supermen.
  • Created an alternate timeline with the Worlogog where Darkseid enslaved the Earth with the Anti-Life Equation.
  • Created JLA duplicates with the Worlogog.
  • Cured an incurable disease.
  • Split Supergirl into Good Supergirl and Evil Supergirl.
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POST-FLASHPOINT

IN THE 21ST CENTURY, THE ENTIRE EARTH IS AT A 6TH-LEVEL INTELLECT

Metropolis. AP Photo/DC Comics.

The 21st century Earth is connected by a network connecting machines and computers called the Internet.

Some pieces of technology more advanced than the Internet:

  • The Batcomputer.
  • The Justice League Watchtower.
  • The Justice League Teleporter.
  • Mister Terrific’s T-spheres.
  • The Atom’s Bio Belt.
  • Steel’s Steel Power Armor.
  • Lex Luthor’s Warsuit.
  • Flash’s Cosmic Treadmill.
  • Batman’s Brother Eye.
  • Superman’s Phantom Zone Projector.
  • Wonder Woman’s Purple Healing Ray.
  • Dr. Will Magnus’ Responsometer.
  • The Thanagarian Absorbascon.
  • T.O. Morrow’s Computer Forecaster.

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GENIUSES ON 21ST CENTURY EARTH

The DC hierarchy of intelligence uses the Coluan system of intelligence. However, Earth continues to use the term “genius” to denote individuals with tremendous or superhuman intellectual capabilities. On Earth, there are different geniuses by category, specialty and capability.

NEAR SUPER-GENIUS:

These are individuals that are the apex of human achievement and have the resources to conquer the Earth, stop alien invasions and destabilize other planets. Their achievements in science, technology, business and politics involve power over a planet or the ability to conquer other alien races, and plan against/for universal catastrophes.

LEX LUTHOR

Lex Luthor in his Warsuit.
Lex Luthor in his Warsuit. AP Photos/DC Comics.

INVENTORS AND SCIENTIFIC GENIUSES

These individuals display tremendous scientific and technological achievements. They have specialties in robotics, engineering, physics, weaponry, science and invent advanced technology, weaponry and make contributions to science.

MR. TERRIFIC, THE ATOM, STEEL

Mr. Terrific flying with his T. spheres in space.
Mr. Terrific flying with his T. spheres in space. AP Photo/DC Comics.

POLYMATHS

These individuals are experts in multiple fields and are able to create revolutionary technology, solve problems at the local all the way to the universal scale, and also have enough planning to conquer the world, or the universe. They are experts in fields such as engineering, medicine, science, physics, chemistry and various forms of human skills such as planning, strategy, management and business.

BATMAN, VANDAL SAVAGE, JOKER

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VISIT FEAT: BATMAN, ‘SUPERMAN/BATMAN’ #12.
Batman in the sewers of Gotham City.
Batman in the sewers of Gotham City. AP Photo/DC Comics.

INVENTORS IN SPECIALIZED FIELDS

These individuals are extraordinary geniuses in their fields of expertise. They are inventors that made ground-breaking or revolutionary inventions and discoveries furthering human technology such as artificial intelligence, engineering and mathematics. They are geniuses in the true sense and are able to think in creative ways.

PROFESSOR IVO, DR. WILL MAGNUS, T.O. MORROW, HIRO OKAMURA, CYBORG

Professor Ivo.
Professor Ivo. AP Photo/DC Comics

RESOURCES

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SOURCES

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol 8 3 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 2 3 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 2 7 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 3 15 in DC Database.
9 Questions About Lex Luthor, Answered in CBR.com.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Action Comics #868.

DC Day Explained: Brainiac’s AI Program Is The Digital Processing Of All The Information In The Galaxy

DC DAY

In 'Action Comics' (2008) #868, Superman meets Brainiac's main AI for the first time.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #868, Superman meets Brainiac’s main AI for the first time. Photo/DC Comics

IN DC DAY EXPLAINED

BRAINIAC’S AI IS A 12TH LEVEL INTELLECT THAT IS PROGRAMMED TO PROCESS THE INFORMATION OF THE GALAXY

In ‘Action Comics’ (2000) #868, Superman makes first contact with Brainiac’s main AI aboard the Brainiac Skull Ship. Brainiac reveals his programming for the first time. His programming is to process the information of the galaxy within hours. Brainiac’s information processing is impressive since his Coluan brain can process the knowledge of “over seventy times seven octodecillion beings.”1

Brainiac’s programming causes him to seek the entirety of knowledge of a given culture or civilization. When he learnt that the last Kryptonian was alive, Brainiac sought to capture him in order to process his information and complete his knowledge of Krypton. The reality is that Brainiac’s AI eradicates every culture whose information it processes. Hence, when it found Superman, Brainiac sought to process his information since he had already bottled Kandor and Argo. In fact, Brainiac is a 12th level intellect and is known to be the most intelligent being in the DC Universe.

12th level intellect is a term that was used to describe some of the smartest people in the universe. Metron claimed that only a 12th level intellect could have the slightest hope of solving the Anti-Life Equation and survive.

12th level intellect, DCAU Wiki
In 'Action Comics' (2008) #868, Superman meets Brainiac's main AI for the first time.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #868, Superman meets Brainiac’s main AI for the first time. Photo/DC Comics

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BRAINIAC’S 12TH LEVEL INTELLECT FAR SURPASSES THE INFORMATION OF THE INTERNET

Brainiac’s 12th level intellect can process the knowledge of “over seventy times seven octodecillion beings.”1 Knowledge is a function of neural information and it can be stated that Brainiac’s AI far surpasses the information on Earth’s Internet.

When converted in bytes, Brainiac’s AI processes 1.225*1075 bytes of information. In comparison, the Internet accounts for at least 1,200 petabytes of information. In fact, Brainiac is about 1057 times more intelligent than the Internet.

 

“…Most computational neuroscientists tend to estimate human storage capacity somewhere between 10 terabytes and 100 terabytes, though the full spectrum of guesses ranges from 1 terabyte to 2.5 petabytes. (One terabyte is equal to about 1,000 gigabytes or about 1 million megabytes; a petabyte is about 1,000 terabytes.)

Information storage in the brain, AI Impacts
In  ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #869, Brainiac bottles Metropolis as Lois Lane and the citizens of Metropolis watch helplessly. AP Photo/DC Comics

SOURCES

Action Comics Vol 1 868 in DC Database.
12th level intellect in DCAU Wiki.
How much data is on the internet? in Science Focus.
Information storage in the brain in AI Impacts.
Action Comics Vol 1 869 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Action Comics #868.

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DC Day: In A First Contact With Superman And Supergirl, Brainiac Invades Earth

DC DAY

In 'Action Comics' (2008) #866, Brainiac invades Kandor on Krypton 35 years ago.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #866, Brainiac invades Kandor on Krypton 35 years ago. Photo/DC Comics

IN DC UNIVERSE

BRAINIAC STEALS KANDOR ON KRYPTON

In ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #866, Krypton comes in “first contact” with Brainiac an artificial intelligence from the planet Colu.1 35 years ago, Brainiac invaded the planet Krypton and stole the city of Kandor. General Zod notes Brainiac is “unnatural.”1

Brainiac sends robotic drones that kill people. General Zod and Ursa do not succumb to the hysteria of alien invasion. They attempt to fire back at Brainiac’s robotic drones. Their firepower has no effect. As they try to protect the people, a force field is erected around Kandor which disappears in a flash of light. Thus ends the “first contact” with Brainiac.1

In 'Action Comics' (2008) #866, General Zod and Ursa watch as Brainiac steals Kandor on Krypton 35 years ago.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #866, General Zod and Ursa watch as Brainiac steals Kandor on Krypton 35 years ago. Photo/DC Comics

BRAINIAC SENDS A PROBE TO EARTH

In ‘Action Comics (2008) #866, Superman comes in contact with one of Brainiac’s robotic probes near Metropolis. The robotic probe attacks Superman who bleeds. Superman fires a blast of heat vision but the probe is protected by a force field. As Superman prepares his attack, the Brainiac probe scans his blood for DNA, confirms that he has found a Kryptonian then deactivates. He sends the message to the Brainiac Skull Ship.

In ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #867, at the Fortress of Solitude, Supergirl is horrified at the probe. Superman notes that Brainiac is a telepath and telekinetic with a mind a 1000 times more powerful. Brainiac has always taken a different appearance in their encounters some organic, some robotic. Supergirl replies that all of Superman’s encounters were with Brainiac’s programming, not the real Brainiac. Supergirl reveals every Kryptonian feared Brainiac and burns off the robotic probe with her heat vision.

 

In 'Action Comics' (2008) #866, Superman makes first contact with a Brainiac probe.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #866, Superman makes first contact with a Brainiac probe. Photo/DC Comics

BRAINIAC’S A.I.

In ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #867, Superman flies into deep space with a Kryptonian spaceship to locate Brainiac. He comes in “first contact” with the Brainiac Skull-Ship and finds Brainiac invading a planet with his probes but is unable to prevent the city from being bottled. Brainiac sends a nuclear missile to the sun that sets off a chain reaction that blows the sun and the planet. Superman floats unconscious in space. In ‘Action Comics’ (2000) #868, wakes up as he is being experimented upon. He quickly frees himself and battles Koko, a monster the result of mutation upon Brainiac’s Skull Ship.

Superman heads to the control room where the bottled worlds are held and finds Kandor. At this time, Brainiac awakens outside his bio-shell for the first time “in three centuries.”2 Brainiac reveals that he has been seeking Superman to complete his knowledge of Kryptonian culture and plans on assimilating him. Brainiac’s final programming reveals the dangers of mad science: it is to assimilate the knowledge of the galaxy within “a matter of hours.”2 Brainiac engages Superman in combat and reveals his decision to invade Earth in order to assimilate Supergirl.

In 'Action Comics' (2008) #868, Superman meets Brainiac's main AI for the first time.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #868, Superman meets Brainiac’s main AI for the first time. Photo/DC Comics

BRAINIAC BOTTLES METROPOLIS

In ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #869, Brainiac invades Earth which comes in “first contact” with the Brainiac Skull-Ship. The Brainiac probes invade Metropolis in search of Supergirl. They find her with Lois Lane. Amidst the alien invasion, Supergirl engages the Brainiac probes in battle. Meanwhile, Superman is battling Brainiac on the Brainiac Skull Ship. During the battle, Brainiac is able to read Superman’s thoughts and to predict Superman’s emotional state. Superman is able to disconnect Brainiac from his bio-shell and meets Zor-El and Alura from the miniature bottled city of Kandor.

They reveal to him that they had devised a dome using Brainiac’s technology around Argo as Krypton was nearing destruction by Brainiac. Recognizing his technology, Brainiac integrated Argo with Kandor. Brainiac is able to recover from Superman’s attack and capture Superman and Supergirl from Metropolis. He plans to integrate Superman by uploading the data of five worlds into Superman’s mind. As the Brainiac Skull-Ship bottles Metropolis, Brainiac sends his solar aggressor to detonate the sun.

In 'Action Comics' (2008) #869, Supergirl punches through a Brainiac probe.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #869, Supergirl punches through a Brainiac probe. Photo/DC Comics

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SUPERMAN AND SUPERGIRL SAVE EARTH, METROPOLIS AND KANDOR

In ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #870, Brainiac remarks that concerning Metropolis: “this culture is useless.”3 Superman frees himself from his prison and attacks Brainiac. He manages to attack his A.I. Superman frees Kandor and Metropolis. He finds Supergirl being experimented upon and frees her. He asks her to intercept the missile sent to the sun or else it will go supernova. Supergirl tells Superman she is scared and Superman tells her that “it’s okay to be scared.”3

Superman tells Brainiac that life can’t be controlled nor bottled. He takes Brainiac outside his Skull Ship and engages him in combat. Brainiac is startled at the biotic environment and collapses. He tells Superman the cities are tethered to his bio-shell and their containment fields cannot hold. As Superman frees Metropolis and Kandor, Brainiac attacks the Kent farm in Smallville. Meanwhile, Supergirl manages to intercept and to destroy the solar aggressor. Though Superman manages to restore Metropolis from its “first contact” with Brainiac, and Kandor – a once-dead alien species – to their proper sizes, Jonathan Kent has a heart attack.

In 'Action Comics' (2008) #870, Superman restores Kandor to its proper size.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #870, Superman restores Kandor to its proper size. Photo/DC Comics

COMIC GALLERY

In ‘Action Comics’ (2008) #869, Superman clashes with the main Brainiac A.I. on the Brainiac Skull Ship.


SOURCES

Action Comics Vol 1 866 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 867 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 868 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 869 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 870 in DC Database.

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FOOTNOTES

  1. Action Comics #866.
  2. Action Comics #868.
  3. Action Comics #870.