And the thing is, we don't even reward big brains anymore. But a lot of human flaws you describe aren't by any means new. Nevertheless, hypertext is still a brilliant way to connect articles together and it seems to be more a job for designers to work out how to do this without distracting the reader. But filmmakers are now freer to focus on their craft, and it is easier than ever to become a filmmaker. But this raises a question: if technology can do all this to change the way we think for the better, might it not similarly work for ill? So it was a neat thing, finding new people like that as I got older. Talk about a slow process. The ready availability of search engines is changing the way we use our memories, reported psychologist Betsy Sparrow of Columbia University in a in Science last year.
Almost instantly, a raft of answers and articles on screen. You are training your brain to retain the information you are receiving. Indeed, reading through web-browsers, you are also unlikely to finish reading a whole article at all but to have jumped off to do something else such as check email, or play a game. These are all things that individuals, designers, programmers, or even close to my own heart philosophers could and should address. Consider the way kids — and older students — are assessed at school and university. Is there such a thing as information overload, though? But technology does not impact us, at least unless we take a very passive stance on it.
The Umass Science Fiction Society, for example, was full of geeks with an overabundance of esoteric knowledge. Technology has made us able to do more while understanding less about what we are doing, and has increased our dependence on others. However, there might be a downside to this development as well. Skilled workers are more likely to be employed and earn more than their unskilled counterparts. Why spend days on end memorizing something, when you can spend 30 seconds searching for the answer? I honestly wouldn't mind, but all too often, sentences become so incomprehensible that it takes some time to interpret them and even then, you're left wondering.
And reflection happens off-line not on-line. In other words, we are not absorbing more knowledge, we are banking on it to be stored somewhere and easily accessed. Children with autism ages 5 to 8 who had access to a tablet doubled, on average, the amount of words in their vocabulary. It is not just about remembering a phone number—it is rather about the attitude and all the associations connected to each of these numbers. In a 2009 study, 317 7 th graders were recruited from 20 different schools.
Just one example of many is that the U. People who grew up in the 1970s learned how to read maps and navigate. Machines are very good at finding patterns, connecting the dots and seeing what was previously invisible. Historically, technology has made us individually dumber and individually smarter — and collectively smarter. That said, information also tends to spread like wildfire these days, and while it isn't by any means 100% accurate, when someone such as Bob Filner, who I believe is part of the baby boomer generation, runs a corrupt office, he is immediately and instantly called out for it. Naval Academy just resumed training officers to navigate by sextants. Everyone says that bad experiences are the best teachers.
And much of that information is tossed around loosely. I'd point to a ship in my book, and they'd tell me about the Bremen, the Lusitania, and the United States. I would contend that all of this is still a form of social contact. What technology has not done is make us wiser. My life revolves around, and is enhanced by, technology. It's a point to ponder for sure.
Those skills - doing basic math in your head; figuring a route on a map; etc. She did a series of experiments that tested the participants' memories for information based on different ways to find the information. The thoughts expressed herein are current as of the posting date, are based upon sources believed to be reliable, are subject to change at any time and should not be construed as advice. A skilled machine tool operator or oil-rig roustabout contributed more to winning the war by staying at home and sticking to a specialized role than by heading to the front with a rifle. You should discuss your individual circumstances with an Investment Counselor.
Now remember how much you over-spent on music, travel, movies, and food 10 years ago, and how limited our knowledge of anything was before Google and Wikipedia. Whatever I said to them, they always had an answer. He does tend to miss much of the context in which the trends he point to have evolved in the world beyond the screen. We became in a novel sense, self creators. The more you rely on technology to give you the answers, the fewer answers you have left once the technology is taken away, in the same way that you rely on money for food, water, and shelter, and if the money is taken away, you'll have a hell of a time finding those basic necessities.
Shallow browsing, if that is all the reading we do, could certainly would be intellectually incapacitating, but this misses what many of us do with the internet. Is there any proof to this however? It all boils down to one question: is technology making us smarter or dumber? Now libraries are fantastic, they store immense amounts of information in their books. The brain adapts to the environment it needs to function in. In other words, what technology does is let us choose the areas in which we want to be smart and in which we would rather be ignorant. No matter what topic you want more info on, in most cases you can find the answers online and at any time you might need it. The Conversation is funded by the National Research Foundation, eight universities, including the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Rhodes University, Stellenbosch University and the Universities of Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Pretoria, and South Africa.