The Impact of Technology & Internet on Human Intelligence

Nicholas Carr in his article “Is Google making up stupid?” discusses the impact of technology and Internet on human intelligence and the way of thinking. Carr notes that he feels the changes in his reading and thinking habits which he relates to online surfing and searching activities. For instance, Carr mentions that his ability to concentrate on reading and to read lengthy articles or books deteriorated along with his ability to dive into thoughts and “get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument” (Carr 1).

The advantages of Internet (referred by Carr as the Net) are immediate access to information, quick search, connectivity and extreme availability of different kinds of information. However, Carr emphasizes that the media is not just a source of information but rather is a factor influencing the process of thought. Hence, modern trend to skip through headlines and key phrases reduces the brain’s capacity to concentrate and contemplate. Carr mentions that many of his friends and acquaintances noted the same changes in their thinking. Other bloggers and writers also complain that their ability to deal with large and complex texts deteriorated.

Carr cites the results of psychological and neurological experiments; researchers found out that online users were not reading online in the traditional way but rather browsed through sources to find the pieces of information they needed. The focus of online reading and writing experience is mostly on immediacy and efficiency. However, such approach drives attention away from deep thinking and deep immersion into complex and multilayered sources. Such skills as deep text interpretation, making connections between text parts and thoughts decline nowadays.

Carr emphasizes that the processes of reading and decoding information influence the processes of thinking. Using the example of Nietzsche and typewriter, Carr shows that even the change of the media leads to the change of style and form of writing. The author shows that technologies are deeply interconnected with the process of thinking, learning and expressing oneself.

Carr criticizes the excess reliance of technology, which, as he assumes, started with the growing popularity of Taylorism – measuring all parts of work and developing a system which would be the “best way to work”. The author believes that Google is actually extending Taylorism into the realm of the mind. Google’s assumption is that the increase in the speed of accessing information and in the volume of information available might make people better thinkers. However, Carr argues that active use of artificial intelligence and reliance on technology discourage people from deep immersion, concentrated reading and thinking. Although Carr admits that his worries might not account for potential benefits brought by the information age and the disadvantages of the Google era might be actually outweighed by advantages, the author fears that human intelligence would be flattened and replaced by artificial intelligence.

 

Works Cited

Carr, Nicholas. “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”. The Atlantic Monthly Group. December 2, 2014. Print.

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