We can not argue that we are in our prime of technological revolution. There are numerous forms of medium that affect us daily while the Internet being the most influential contributor. The Internet being the greatest multi-tasker offers various services from giving us daily news, information we want to acquire, sending emails etc. It provides us with an efficient way to receive and send information in a way we could not without its existence. We never fail to recognize technology and the Internet’s  plenty advantages however its underlying disadvantages may outweigh its advantages.

Maryanne Wolf, author of  “Learning to Think in a Digital World,” and Nicholas Carr, author of  “Is Google Making Us Stupid” highlights these not so obvious disadvantages. Maryanne Wolf emphasizes on children inability to “read between the lines”. This meaning interpret information they’ve read on a complex level and using this to apply insights of their own.  As Nicholas Carr stated we encounter loads of information while surfing the Internet so we don’t have time to go through each piece of writing we read and make our own inferences about what we’ve read. Instead majority of us today skim through articles that interest us and never go back to it. So in correlation to Maryanne Wolf’s article this new habit we have picked up is the culprit of our inability to interpret information and make our own inferences about articles we read.

21st Century "Reading"

21st Century “Reading”

Reading on a Computer while Thinking of Other Things
Reading on a Computer while Thinking of Other Things

So now that we understand why we have cultivated this habit it’s important to know the true source of where it all started. Nicholas Carr took interest in the operations of Google and helped put the pieces to the puzzle. Google gives us an instantaneous response to any question we have and are almost always accurate. However, its safe to say most of us take in this information and believe it to be true and almost never refute its response. According to Nicholas Carr, this is what Google is aiming for. An operator of Google even stated they would like to make Google an artificial brain that is smarter than the human brain. How can this be? Our human brain is so complex that we may never be able to really truly understand its full capability. So how can Google take on the human brain? Our minds can be used to read an excerpt and understand it in a complex level, make inventions that defy nature, or make a valid argument no one has ever considered. So as I read the statement aforementioned by this Google operator I laughed because I believe there is not an artificial intelligence machine they can build that will ever surpass the human brain. As we all know computers malfunction and artificial intelligence and human intelligence are two very different concepts. Moreover,  Richard E. Miller, author of  “The Coming Apocalypse,” illustrates the advancement and existence of technology is inevitable. Therefore, we have to learn how to use technology in a way that heightens our human mind capability not destroy it.

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