He was hooked, spending hours writing video games, music programs, and simple forms of artificial intelligence. The obsession stuck with him, even as he went to the University of Toronto to study poetry and political science. When he became a magazine writer in the s, the Internet erupted into the mainstream, and he began reporting on how digital tools—everything from email to digital photography to instant messaging—was changing society. Clive started out pessimistic about the impact of the Internet on life.
Smarter than You Think: Does it make us shallower thinkers, ever reliant on computers to help us mold our responses to any issues?
In this optimistic, fast-paced tale about the advent of technology and its influence on humans, journalist Thompson addresses these and other questions.
He admits that we often allow ourselves to be used by facets of new technologies and that we must exercise caution to avoid this; yet, he demonstrates, digital tools can have a huge positive impact on us, for they provide us with infinite memory, the ability to discover connections between people, places, or ideas previously unknown to us, and new and abundant avenues for communication and publishing.
For example, Thompson shares the tale of Gordon Bell, who walks around equipped with a small fish-eye camera and a tiny audio recorder. Because of these devices, Bell—and we, if we embrace the technology—lives in a world of infinite memory. Using technology also helps us make connections, not only with old friends on Facebook or other social media but with the world around us as we search for knowledge and facts about it.Clive Thompson is a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired..
As a child growing up in Toronto of the s and 80s, Clive Thompson became fascinated with the first “home computers”—the ones you plugged into your TV, like the Commodore 64, and programmed using BASIC.
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Smarter than You Think starts out with a cautionary tale of how in world chess champion Garry Kasparov was beaten by Deep Blue, an I.B.M. supercomputer. This was a considered a milestone in artificial intelligence.
Just finished Smarter Than you Think by Clive Thompson. This is a great example of a well researched "pop sci" book, along the lines of Gladwell, but more evidence based.
Clive has an academic style that is fun to read, and will send you too the kindle dictionary occasionally to look up words/5(84). Clive Thompson, in his chapter excerpt “Public Thinking,” from the book Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds For the Better published by Penguin Group, argues that the development of technology of mass communication improves the user’s writing and their ability to .
Smarter Than You Think September 12, Penguin Press. It’s undeniable: technology is changing the way we think. But is it for the better? Amid a chorus of doomsayers, Clive Thompson votes “yes”. The Internet age, he argues, has produced bold new forms of human cognition, worthy of both celebration and investigation.
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