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Nobel Winner: Youth can Search Very Well

Daniel Kahneman is a psychologist at Princeton University.

…the sense many of us are getting that when we are bathed in information (it is not really snippets of information, we need the metaphor of living in a liquid that is constantly changing in flavor and feel) we no longer know precisely what we have learned, nor do we know where our thoughts come from, or indeed whether the thoughts are our own or absorbed from the bath…

Will all this change what it is like to be human? Will it change what consciousness is like? There must be people out there who study teenagers who have lived in this environment all their life, and they should be the one to tell us. The only teenagers I know well are my grandchildren, and that is not enough of a sample. They use computers a lot, but it has not made them very different. Of course they read much less, and they have a sense of how knowledge is organized that I can only envy — I keep being frustrated by how much better young people are at the task of searching.source

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Future of Humanity: A Map of the Conversation

This is a new project I’m hosting on my personal blog:

Where is humanity going? Our technology empowers the individual, but to what end? This is a (growing) list of people, institutions and concepts central in this discussion of technology and our future (from where I stand).

I’m very familiar with everything listed here. I’ve read the articles/books, watched the movies, and sometimes even met the people. Use this list to jump into the conversation. We need you.

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Outline of Jamais Cascio’s Get Smarter

The Atlantic published Jamais Cascio’s Get Smarter in the July/August 2009 issue. It’s the first good response to Nicholas Carr’s Is Google Making Us Stupid? published a year before. I outlined it using Roland Paris’s C.L.E.A.R. model.

UPDATE: I asked Jamais for comments on the outline below on 10/3/09. I wanted it to reflect his intentions. He was kind enough to reply at length, and I’ve updated it accordingly.

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