Smarter Than You Think

Smarter Than You Think

How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better

Book - 2013
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It's undeniable--technology is changing the way we think. But is it for the better? Amid a chorus of doomsayers, Clive Thompson delivers a resounding "yes." The Internet age has produced a radical new style of human intelligence, worthy of both celebration and analysis. We learn more and retain it longer, write and think with global audiences, and even gain an ESP-like awareness of the world around us. Modern technology is making us smarter, better connected, and often deeper--both as individuals and as a society.
In Smarter Than You Think Thompson shows that every technological innovation--from the written word to the printing press to the telegraph--has provoked the very same anxieties that plague us today. We panic that life will never be the same, that our attentions are eroding, that culture is being trivialized. But as in the past, we adapt--learning to use the new and retaining what's good of the old.
Thompson introduces us to a cast of extraordinary characters who augment their minds in inventive ways. There's the seventy-six-year old millionaire who digitally records his every waking moment--giving him instant recall of the events and ideas of his life, even going back decades. There's a group of courageous Chinese students who mounted an online movement that shut down a $1.6 billion toxic copper plant. There are experts and there are amateurs, including a global set of gamers who took a puzzle that had baffled HIV scientists for a decade--and solved it collaboratively in only one month.
Smarter Than You Think isn't just about pioneers. It's about everyday users of technology and how our digital tools--from Google to Twitter to Facebook and smartphones--are giving us new ways to learn, talk, and share our ideas. Thompson harnesses the latest discoveries in social science to explore how digital technology taps into our long-standing habits of mind--pushing them in powerful new directions. Our thinking will continue to evolve as newer tools enter our lives. Smarter Than You Think embraces and extols this transformation, presenting an exciting vision of the present and the future.
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781594204456
Branch Call Number: 303.4833 THO NVD
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 25 cm


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meeksfenny1986 Jan 22, 2016

In a sea of doomsayers and paranoia, this book offers a refreshing and positive look at the way the technology is changing the way we think and operate for the better. Thompson provides a fascinating account on how every technological innovation—whether that is the invention of the written word or telephones—has produced waves of mass-anxiety. He then goes on to use a series of case-studies to examine the social science behind modern technology, the ways it circumnavigates human failure and habits, and eventually fuels humankind’s ability to collaborate and harness everyday user’s potential.

Aug 06, 2015

The direction in which modern technological advancements are taking us is heavily debated. This book assumes the optimistic perspective, serving as a powerful thesis that technology is and will continue to augment our intellectual, social and creative capacities. Thompson's arguments are well structured and contain fresh research about the uses and effects of new technology around the world. Whether you agree with the content or not, you will surely learn something.

Oct 28, 2013

I often wonder if technology is 'dumbing' us down so this book was a good example of how that is probably not so. Still doesn't PROVE anything, just gives me pause for reflection that technology can be good too......

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