Analysis Of Nicholas Carr's Essay 'Is Google Making USupid?'

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The progression of technology advances, leading us to the access of the internet, and the conflicting balance of benefit or harm, is the topic of discussion in an essay written by Nicholas Carr; “Is Google Making Us Stupid?" I embrace the technology era, the world where we lavish ourselves with the many benefits of advanced engineering, available at our fingertips, or even at our voice commands. We are forever evolving, introducing more technology, greater advances, compelling efficiency and immediacy, pushing increased productivity. From books to printing presses, typewriters to computers, radios to televisions, timekeeping devices to Global Positioning Systems, we are in the race for bigger, smaller, faster, to meet the demands of industry …show more content…
I utilize the internet for many purposes, such as: researching products, visiting online stores to purchase supplies, social media applications and sites for marketing my products, to take photos and instantly upload them to share new products or the location of a vending booth, email to communicate with customers, the ability to view videos and demonstrations to improve my skills, and more. This access has opened many doors, both professionally and personally.
In Carr's essay he declares his realization that he has been spending a lot of time online, and acknowledges the value it had to him as a writer to quickly obtain the facts or quotes he was seeking, and the advantages to immediate access of information.
Carr expresses "the Net is becoming a universal medium, the conduit for most of the information that flows through my eyes and ears and into my mind. The advantages of having immediate access to such an incredibly rich store of information are many, and they've been widely described and duly applauded."
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What will the future bring? Carr expresses some concerns over the development of artificial intelligence and asks, “Where does it end?” Carr references a quote from a 2004 Newsweek interview with one of the founders of Google, Sergery Brin, and reports that Brin said, "Certainly if you had all the world's information directly attached to your brain, or an artificial brain that was smarter than your brain, you'd be better off." It scares me to think that some people may concede that we may be better off with an artificial brain. Carr quotes that Google is seeking to develop “the perfect search engine” that “understands exactly what you mean and gives you back exactly what you want.” Although some may enjoy the benefits of artificial intelligence, could it diminish our thinking capacities? Make us more dependent on technology? Where does the boundary lie between helpful and harmful? If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. Is my Smartphone contributing to this undertaking? Am I really just taking in the knowledge of the day, and sacrificing the knowledge of a lifetime? The very fears I have regarding artificial intelligence are also some of the very tools I find useful. It can be difficult to objectively discriminate good from bad. How do we determine that something may be harmful as we take advantage of the conveniences daily? Maybe

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