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Mind Amplifier: Can Our Digital Tools Make Us Smarter? (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Howard Rheingold
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Instead of asking whether the Web is making us stupid, Howard Rheingold turns that question around and asks how designing and using digital media mindfully could make us smarter. What if humans could build tools that leverage our ability to think, communicate, and cooperate? We invented social learning, speech, writing, alphabets, printing, computers, and the Internet, which means we should be systematically directing the evolution of intellectual augmentation. 'Mind Amplifier: Can Our Digital Tools Make Us Smarter?' examines the origins of digital mind-extending tools, and then lays out the foundations for their future. Rheingold proposes an applied, interdisciplinary science of mind amplification. He also unveils a new protocol for developing techno-cognitive-social technologies that embrace empathy, mindfulness, and compassion — elements lacking from existing digital mind-tools.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 395 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Publisher: TED Conferences (26 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009GQXRQ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #268,953 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars for the Wired generation 25 Aug 2013
By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a thoughtful and somewhat dense overview of where we are now with digital technology and how it is seeping into our lives. There is plenty here that is familiar, or rather obvious, but Rheingold backs it all up with plentiful research and insight. I would not agree with all of it, for example the link between calculating a throw and developing language, but generally he seems sound enough.

The book works well as a synthesis of current thinking, perhaps a little too dense for an easy read, and despite a strong call to arms at the outset, it feels lacking in genuine insight about what the future should or could consist of. However criticisms are minor, at this length and price, well worth your time and money, you are guaranteed to learn something from it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of Rheingold's work 30 Sep 2012
By LJ - Published on
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I've been following Howard Rheingold on Twitter and through his website for a while now. This short (62 pages), Ted book provides an accessible overview of some of Rheingold's key ideas. The book begins with a brief historical account of humans' relationship with tools (from thought and language, to the alphabet, to the printing press) and makes the argument that because of the unique capabilities of the human brain, humans co-evolve with their tools. Drawing on research conducted from a variety of disciplines (physics, mathematics, psychology, artificial intelligence, etc.), Rheingold provides a framework for thinking about how we might best harness current digital tools to work collectively to solve the many problems we face. What I like most about Rheingold is that he never sugar coats the digital revolution; he acknowledges that technologies have been used in destructive ways, yet he remains optimistic that by emphasizing mindfulness, compassion, and empathy, digital tools can transform our lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Man and machine 6 Dec 2012
By James F. Mcenanly - Published on
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I found this book to be a concise study of how the human mind is molded and aided by computer technology,particularly the Internet. Groups of people can collaborate without ever meeting, or even communicating directly with each other. All in all, this book is brief, but thought provoking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be mindful, will travel. 28 Feb 2013
By Jessica Pugh - Published on
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This book makes an excellent point for changing the way our media and social common grounds interact, if we hope to achieve a global sense of progress. Definitely a worthwhile read. The author references sources and lays down concise material without too much fluff in which to lose the point trying to be made.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading 2 Feb 2013
By goicochea - Published on
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It takes you to the next level on technology comprehension. Easy to read and a great travel companion. I definitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brief and to the point 21 Oct 2012
By Leon M.W - Published on
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Mr. Rheingold's experience on the field of Internet and collaborative culture is undisputed. I truly enjoyed reading this brief ebook in one seating. Inside you will find great references you can surely use at a cocktail party or bar-mitzvah. If you are interested on the history of Internet, how it is supposed to work and where it may go then this is a must read. In fact, I liked it so much it prompted me to write my first review on Amazon!
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