Will Always-On Gadgets Change The Way We Think About Knowledge?
from the hopefully dept
The same thing appears to be happening with modern technologies as well. They're acting as an extension of what's available, and changing the way we think about knowledge and what's important to remember. That lets people "outsource" parts of what they used to need to remember to a backup brain (i.e., technology), and use their primary brain to work on more important things. This becomes even more interesting when you connect it to studies that have shown the real determinant of intelligence isn't necessarily how much you remember, but what your brain decides to forget. If we can train ourselves to ignore easily accessible data, and leave our brains to focus on more important tasks, then it's quite possible that technology can enable people to do much more complex thinking.