Technology vs. the Human Brain

876 Words Apr 30th, 2013 4 Pages
“As we come to rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it is our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence.” (Carr, N. 2013). These words that depict Kubrick’s dark prophecy in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey opens the mind of the viewer on the strong impact that technology has on the human brain. Nicholas Carr, the author of the article “Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains,” agrees with Kubrick in that although technology is efficient, it may not always be the most effective when it comes to creating overall well-rounded thinking. I agree with Carr on this issue and I have noticed that technology alters the way one thinks, has caused society to become reliant upon …show more content…
Carr states, “Yet, for all that’s been written about the net, there’s been little consideration of how, exactly, it’s reprogramming us.” (Carr, N. 2013). Along with altering our intellectual capabilities, the internet has also managed to replace things that were once thought to be one of a kind. Carr goes on to say that, “It’s becoming our map and our clock, our printing press and our typewriter, our calculator and our telephone, and our radio and TV.” (Carr, N. 2013). This can lead people to question what else technology will replace in the future. Carr’s thought process in this segment is very relatable because I notice that I can’t leave the house without my phone. I would feel like I am an outsider to the world if I had to go a day without it. Technology in this day of age is becoming stronger and we the people are becoming more and more dependent on it. Students in colleges and universities have grown to be so tech savvy that a lot of students become dumbfounded when it comes to reading pages from books. A twenty year old undergraduate from the United States stated, “Just remember that students are less informed about the resources of the library than ever before because they are competing heavily with the Internet.” (Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, OCLC, 2005, question 1240). There are many students in colleges who are more familiar with online libraries than the typical walk-in libraries. “Our ability to interpret text,

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