While reading a famous article by Nicholas Carr titled “Is Google Making us Stupid?,” I have concluded that it is not. I disagree with Carr’s argument because his view point corresponds with how technology is advancing. The way that the internet has shaped our lives has taken a great toll on the way we view the world now. There are a couple of ways that technology is improving. One would include books that are paperback turning into nooks and kindles along with blogging and texting. Another study shows that our brains are also changing and growing along with the internet. This shows that technology had advanced from the 70’s and 80’s when there wasn’t widespread access to the internet.
Technology nowadays always use to have so much information at our fingertips, but is this a good thing? That is what Jamais Cascio’s “Get Smarter” and Nicholas Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stoopid?” both discuss; they specifically address the effects that new technology, such as the internet, has on the way humans think. The difference is that Carr argues that this new technology is making us stupid while Cascio argues that it is making us smarter. Nicholas Carr’s article discusses the negative effects of the internet and technology like it. It specifically mentions slight changes in the way people do things because of the influence of technology and gives many historical and anecdotal examples. Jamais Cascio’s article is about the advancements of technology and how it is makes people smarter. Cascio talks about Twitter, mental enhancement drugs and AIs, focusing a lot on the benefits of the advancements.
Clive Thompson’s “Smarter Than You Think” reflects upon the idea that technology is her to help us more than we think, rather than the popular belief that technology is ruining the way we think. Thompson believes that the pair between human and technology is making us smarter. Along with that, our minds are slowly adapting to the use of technology, advancing our thinking. Lastly, the relationship between technology and human, has brought humanity closer than ever with the ability to communicate with anyone, anywhere, at any time. Clive Thomason believes the stronger the bond between humans and technology, the smarter we can become; I also alongside with Thompson believe this is true, and if so us as humans need to embrace the use of
In “Is Google Making us stupid”, Carr explains how the brain is malleable and how the internet might be shaping it by literally rewiring the brains network. Carr gives a brief example of how neurons can be made and broke depending on what things shape the way things are done. By being used to instant searching and internet preferences, the brain reprograms itself in being used that certain way. He thinks by using the internet so much, we will become more and more objective and quick thinkers, and ultimately emotionless computers. He also gives examples of how the clock and typewriter changed our way of thinking in the past. Adapting this way will rewire thought processes and continue to dictate how we act. Carr’s theory may be more obvious as we continue to be reliant on technology. (Carr)
Humans are becoming more technologically-efficient every day. New inventions and innovations are constantly being made. The Internet is becoming more “reliable” every day. However, how much do we really get from the constant advancement of Internet use and smarter technology? Should we look at their contributions to the world as a benefactor or a curse? The common effect of “artificial intelligence” in the technology we use every day is examined by two brilliant authors, Nicholas Carr and Jamias Cascio. In Carr’s article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid”, he explains the effects of the Internet and technology in our society and claims that the overuse of technology is dangerous and can affect how our mind operates. Jamias Cascio, on the other
Large companies like Google and Bing have made finding things you are looking for several times easier. Despite all these wonderful improvements, there are always some downsides. At the right time and place, technology can be used effectively and proficiently. Sometimes, however, it is unnecessary and downright stupid to use in certain circumstances. For example, texting someone and notifying them of an important event can be useful, but not when you text your friend' "Hey," when you are sitting right next to them. People are going as far as making AI, or artificial intelligence in order to interact with someone, despite there being 7 billion other people on the planet. Professional or hardcore gamers have gone to extremes in order to keep their career and or reputation afloat. They are willing to stare at a screen for days at a time, barely eating or drinking, all while wearing an adult diaper, only doing it to reach 1st place on the leaderboards. Technology has not only affected how we act, but how we think as well. In the novel, Carr talks about the idea of neuroplasticity, which is the concept of the brain being able to
Google Is Making Us Stupid ? "Is Google Making Us Stupid ?", an essay written by the American writer, Nicholas Carr, he shows population that our brain can adapt to every kind of technology, and also that technology is here to help us and make easier and faster the access of information and knowledge. Carr says that we have the ability to adapt and they call that as brain's plasticity, It is the process of adaptation to new intellectual technology by our brain "Thanks to our brain's plasticity, the adaption occurs also at a biological level.". Carr claims in "Google Is Making Us Stupid ?" that any kind of technology that was invented already, our brain is able to adapt to any machine or technology that allow us to have access to information anywhere at any time. I agree with Carr because technology help people a lot with accessibility to information and technology making everything simple and faster to find than the old days,
Nicholas Carr, the author of the article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” illustrates various ways that the internet is negatively affecting our brains. He explains how people are growing dependent on technology every day, and he claims that the internet is a resource that can be used for anything, including reading and learning. According to Carr, the internet distracts people from the real world and it is a waste of time. He writes that the media is a shortcut to information and it is making people get used to having information quickly and conveniently. The author states that Google and the internet are trying to replace our brains with an artificial brain that can be faster in some contexts. Moreover, Carr’s article sparked debate for others to research the topic, thus creating an ongoing debate whether we are weakening our brain when it comes to internet searches. Overall, Google and the internet in general are, for the most part, helpful with the information they offer, the communication they make possible, and the virtually limitless technology they provide.
The internet – the decisive technology of the Information Age – is making its way in an attempt to make life easier for people and undeniably, it is very effective in doing so. However, in the article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Nicholas Carr talks about how that artificial intelligence is taking over our own genuine intelligence. He discusses the changes that have occurred in people since the internet became a universal medium to access information. Carr’s main purpose is to make us aware that the internet is having negative effects that diminish our capacity of concentration and contemplation. In his thesis he states that “as we come to rely on computers to meditate out understanding of the world, it is our own intelligence that flattens
The uses of technology like computers and cell phones are growing every day with new uses and forms. There are mixed feelings about if technology is making us smarter or stupider thru out day to day life. Nicolas Carr a New York Times writer wrote an article about “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” and he tries to show people that computers are making our lives simpler and there for making us as humans stupid. Another writher that goes by the name Greg is a writer for digitaltonto.com, and he found the previous article and wrote “How Computers Change the Way We learn” which is about how all lot of the facts in Carr article could have been read to say anything that the author wanted, so he could make people believe.
In Nicholas Carr’s book The Shallows, he talks about how the invention of the typewriter both helped and hurt writers. The machine makes writing more efficient, but as this is happening, “our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts (19).” He argues that the human brain is “plastic” or malleable, that new connections are formed every day and it is constantly learning. Technology will never have the power of the human brain because, unlike the mind, a computer cannot learn and make discoveries for itself. It can download new software, but it will never determine the cure for an epidemic or learn how to do a new dance move. Technology is however changing the plasticity of the brain. Since computers starting thinking for people, their brains have begun to figuratively decay; they are no longer as malleable and cannot learn as quickly or as much. The problem with technology and the reason people’s brains do not function the way they previously did is that people do not use technology as it is intended to be used. They overuse search engines like Google so that they have to do less thinking. The purpose of technology is to be a tool to the mind expand itself, not attempt to expand it on its own. People are thinking more robotically because technology is becoming a part of their brain; humans in the developed world cannot function without the technologies of today because they have grown completely dependent on computers and phones to do much of their work for them. If people were to read more, using their own minds and imaginations, technology would become a less prevalent part of every day life because they could depend on their own mind instead of information spitting from a
According to webopedia.com, A search engine is defined as a program “That search documents for specified keywords and returns a list of the documents where the keywords were found.” In the text, “The Norton Field Guide to Writing (Fourth Edition),” there is a study in the book by Nicholas Carr, titled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” This argumentative
Are computers going to replace the human thought? How many times do you see yourself going to www.google.com or some other search engine to find even the simplest information? In the educational system more and more courses use and require some form of computer activity. One of the main concerns is that education used to be about research, problem solving, critical thinking, and human analysis. Now with the implication of computers, education is not about the research, it focus is how fast can you find the answer. The lazy point and click approach may have the answers, but has no real meaning to it. Computers are taking away not only basic skills, but the need to develop them at all.
Is our society too dependent on computers? I, like many Americans today, have become reliant on the usage of computers. It influences all aspects of my life by bringing about a new level of convenience. Computers are a part of our everyday lives whether we like it or not. They make simple tasks much easier and allow us to strive to our full potential.However over the years, computers have become much more than a tool but necessary part of our lives. They have replaced almost every important contrivance humans have. Today computers replace the way we conduct our academic research, supply our food, keep businesses competitive and maintain our military superiority. Computers are not being used as