Edge in the News: 2011

afterposten.no [4.3.11]


It seems that it is too early to seek a definitive answer in the research. But it does not make the question of how the web affects thinking less interesting. Thought Network Edge collects ones in various fields to reflect on a single question every year. It has this year resulted in a book titled "Is the Internet changing the way you think?" , where names such as Steven Pinker, Clay Shirky, Richard Dawkins and 140 other smart projections are trying to answer the question in their own personal way.

The answers vary in all directions. Some people think our mindset changed completely, others say flatly no. Strikingly, many of these gifted, intense Internet users compare the network's power with candy for the brain.

Fool the internet works, it's infantiliserende (childish-making). Yet only a few of them set themselves on one or another form of digital diet. Most people do not manage without the web when they should perform. Undoubtedly, a paradox of the skeptics....

Il Sole 24 Ore [4.3.11]

...Is Nicholas Carr correct when he wonders if Google makes us stupid? The question is more relevant than ever, as evidenced by by John Brockman, who edits the Edge site, which at the beginning of 2010 held its annual debate (online) around the question: "How the Internet is changing our thinking? ". The question is deliberately ambiguous, because it affects both what we think, both our cognitive paths. And that leads to the physicist Daniel Hillis noted thatthe Web is not the Internet, which does things like controlling air traffic. Internet logistics rules the world. And in this way the Internet changes our way of thinking. And it will change even more in the future. " What has been done with the Internet so far is nothing compared to what still can be done. ...