Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better

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9780143125822: Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better

A brilliant examination into how the internet is profoundly changing the way we think.

In this groundbreaking book, ‘Wired’ writer Clive Thompson argues that the internet is boosting our brainpower, encouraging new ways of thinking, and making us more not less intelligent as is so often claimed.

Our lives have been changed utterly and irrevocably by the rise of the internet and it is only now that we can begin to analyse this extraordinary phenomenon. The author argues that as we rely more and more for machines to help us think, our thinking itself is becoming richer and more complex. We’re able to learn more, retain it longer, to write in curious new forms, and even to think entirely new types of thoughts.

Outsmart is filled with stories of people who are living through these profound technological changes. In a series of postcards from the near future, we meet characters such as Gordon Bell, an ageing millionaire who is saving a digital copy of everything that happens to him, and Eric Hovitz, one of the world’s leading artificial-intelligence researchers, who is creating software that is designed to let your computer sense your mood and then predict when you’re going to be most productive at work.

Lucidly written and argued, ‘Smarter Than You Think’ is a breathtaking original look at our Brave New World.

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A revelatory and timely look at how technology boosts our cognitive abilities making us smarter, more productive, and more creative than ever
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. 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 is good of the old. Smarter Than You Think embraces and extols this transformation, presenting an exciting vision of the present and the future."

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