*** Smarter than you Think by Clive Thompson

The subtitle of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better says it all. The author embraces technology with great optimism, showing that the delegation of now mundane (read: automated) tasks to the great power of the Internet can free our minds to focus on more meaningful tasks and make previously impossible undertakings a reality. From teaching to research to fundraising to political action, the author sunnily introduces examples of innovation that rely on technology, without pretending that the technology itself creates the innovation. He also makes a great case that new technology requires time to create appropriate rules and etiquette.

Reminiscent of World Wide Mind and Reinventing Discovery for their optimism about the melding of technology and human activity, and completely opposite from the gloom of The Shallows.


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