Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This is your brain on Google.

I have been thinking about this for some time.  How does Google impact us?  Do the algorithms keep us sharp and expand our thinking. Or does it narrow what we do and make us less functional? Is our increasing reliance on Google rotting our brains and turning us in to lazy halfwits?  Here is a link to...

a World Science Festival video of Gary Small the co-inventor of the first brain-scanning technology to detect the physical evidence of Alzheimer’s disease in living people. He explains how the brain treats Google like any other repeatedly used tool—it physically changes to strengthen the ability to use the tool. Google may also be making our brains more malleable and better equipped to learn new skills.

1 comment:

monika hardy said...

i'm almost finished with the new brain by Restak - you and/or your students might find it interesting..