Over three years ago, I joked that Google was my backup brain, but for many that's becoming much less of a joke these days. The reliance on Google, combined with always on, wireless connectivity means that remembering certain things (or playing trivia games), just isn't that relevant any more. Even some doctors are found trying to diagnose with the aid of Google. Of course, this plays right into what we were saying a few weeks ago about the importance of figuring out which things to ignore. Letting Google (or other search engines, of course) sweat the little details could mean more efficient use of the brain on bigger, more important things. However, as the article points out, the downside is that this "collective" brain is fed information from all sorts of unreliable sources as well -- and so anyone using it as a tool needs to learn to have a healthy skepticism filter in place.
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