Smarter Than You Think Analysis

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Thompson, Clive. Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds For The Better. New York: Penguin Books, 2014. Page 19-44. Print.

Clive Thompson, the author of “Smarter Than You Think” is a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for the Wired magazine. “He went to the University of Toronto to study poetry and political science, and then became a magazine writer in the 1990s”. He is one of the most prominent technology writers, respected for doing deeply-reported, long-form magazine stories that get beyond headlines and harness the insights of science, literature, history and philosophy. In his book, “Smarter Than You Think”, he writes about how technology is changing the way humans think,
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In chapter two, he talks about using technologies to record our daily life so one day we can look back to those moments we might forget. Our brain sometimes forget the little events we experienced from time to time, but with the new technology such as SenseCam, geolocation check-in apps, archived emails, “could prompt so many memories” that allow us to remember events in the past. Technology is great, but it not perfect like we expected it to be. For example, the problem with life loggers is that sometimes they have difficulty in searching for a specific event that saved in their system. “If you don’t have the right cue to start with- say, the name “Clive”- or if the data didn’t get saved in the right way, you might never find your way back to my name”. Thanks to the new technologies like Timehop and G-Mail, they did a better job at “reconfigure and …show more content…
She is now enrolled in the Counseling Psychology program to become a licensed mental health counselor. In this article, she suggested “many of us have become very dependent on technology as it plays a very important role in our daily lives.” Technology enabled us to strengthen our relationships with our family and friends, technology brought us closer than ever, in distance. Now, we able to communicate with people all over the world, something we are unable to do couple decades ago. Technology make our daily lives easier; from the reminder function on our smartphone remind us of the meeting we have or homework’s due date, to GPS application gives us turn by turn direction to a restaurant we never been to before. But along with all these positive technology offered us, “technology also takes away from interpersonal communication and interactions” with people around us. We use technology as a “security blanket” to occupy ourselves in a situation that is not very interesting, or sometimes, as an excuse to interact with other people. The author, Brittany, asked us to engage in a conversation to someone you do not know without the use of technology, just a human to human conversation. And see how that that is different from communicates with someone through

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