GNIC’s Vision

We’re outsoucing parts of our brain to the Internet. GNIC is built upon this fact.

How does this change intelligence? What’s relevant now is how well you use the Internet as a mental prosthesis – how well you can use it to amplify the power of your mind. We call this “networked-intelligence,” and we create competitions in which people use the Internet as an extension of their brain.

Why? As technological changes accelerate large groups of people are left behind. Others are super-empowered which threatens our democracy. We use our contests to find the brightest of our generation. Then we spread their insights (on this blog, in educational curriculum, in workshops, essay contests, etc.) to help maintain a (relative) equality of skills.

Our first competition is the Digital Literacy Contest. We market it to libraries, but any institution could host the event to engage an audience and create positive publicity. Our second competition is funded by a MacArthur Young Innovator award with further help from the Sunlight Foundation. It’s targeted to high school social studies classes.

Related reading:

(2009) Get Smarter by Jamais Cascio
(2008) Is Google Making Us Stupid? by Nicholas Carr
(2007) Your Outboard Brain Knows All by Clive Thompson
(1962) Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework by Douglas Engelbert


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