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Mind Amplifier: Can Our Digital Tools Make Us Smarter? (Kindle Single) by [Rheingold, Howard]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 552 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Publisher: TED Conferences (26 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009GQXRQ8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #335,595 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Aug. 2013
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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 Sept. 2012
By LJ - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Mind provoking 17 Mar. 2016
By Elsa - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a mind provoking book that induces readers that may not be savvy in terms of extended mind tools to rethink the ways in which collective intelligence can be enhanced reshaping our global culture.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be mindful, will travel. 28 Feb. 2013
By J. Willoughby - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 8 Nov. 2015
By Antonio Paradiso - Published on Amazon.com
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It seems to me that the book has been truncated before reaching something important to say, conclude or foresee...
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 28 Oct. 2015
By Sherri L. Ward - Published on Amazon.com
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Will recommend this to all who are interested in this sort of thing.
Well thought out.
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