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Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better Paperback – 29 Oct 2014
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‘Judicious and insightful … Thompson avoids both the hype and the hand-wringing so common among digital age pontificators’ Walter Isaacson, New York Times
‘Almost without noticing it, the internet has become our intellectual exoskeleton. Rather than just observing this evolution, Clive Thompson takes us to the people, places and technologies driving it, bringing deep reporting, storytelling and analysis to one of the most profound shifts in human history’ Chris Anderson
‘[An] enjoyable study of the digital world … both fascinating and thought-provoking … [Thompson] remains admirably sober about the limits of technology’s’ edifying influence on us: technology, he reminds us, is only ever as smart as the person using it’ Sunday Times
‘Thompson is a talented storyteller … The world outside … is, on balance, much weirder than you think’ The Times
‘Thompson has started an important debate in this lively and accessible book’ Scotsman
‘We should be grateful to have such a clear-eyed and lucid interpreter of our changing technological culture as Clive Thompson. Smarter Than You Think is an important, insightful book about who we are, and who we are becoming’
Joshua Foer, New York Times bestselling author of Moonwalking with Einstein
About the Author
Clive Thompson is one of the most prominent thinkers on technology and its impact on daily life. He is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and Wired magazine. This is his first book.
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We live in interesting times. Technology, both offline & online, are changing the way we live & think. Information flows freely, some would say too freely. How we process this information, curate it and pass it along has become a great 'literacy challenge' for us.
This book, essentially a collection of essays on key technology themes, helps us navigate & understand this better. 'The new literacies,' 'The art of finding' & 'The connected society' are absolute must reads.
Not just worth a read, but a re-read.
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Be you technophile or luddite, this book is worth your time. I read both this book and Nick Carr's `The Shallows' simultaneously and really appreciated both books. Although my personal prejudice is more closely aligned with Carr's, I found this book very helpful in balancing my concerns about technology and the future role that it will play in our lives. While reading this book, I felt that I was getting a glimpse into the not-so-distant future. Wheras 'The Shallows' does a great job in raising awareness of the neurological impact of distracting technology in our lives, this book provided an equally powerful wallop in helping calm some anxieties and excite us with the possibilities of what new technology can do.
Similar to Carr's 'Shallows', Thompson's 'Smarter' provides some new vocabulary to label and comprehend what's going in our internet-saturated world. These new labels, from both books, enable us to think more clearly and more rationally about the modern, digital word.
Clearly and succinctly put in an interesting read, the author, gives evidence in the case of "how technology is changing literacy". I found the book to have pleasantly optimistic tone balanced with some cautions and reality checks.
The technological present and future may remain good places to be alive.
This is a great example of a well researched "pop sci" book, along the lines of Gladwell, but more evidence based. Clive has an academic style that is fun to read, and will send you too the kindle dictionary occasionally to look up words.
As a NYTimes reporter, he has had access to some facinating people, and also to some facinating robots, i.e. Watson. Overall if you are interested in the impact on technology on memory and knowledge work, grab this book.