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Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better by [Thompson, Clive]
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‘No one covers technology with more insight or panache than Clive Thompson’ Chris Anderson, editor of Wired magazine and author of ‘The Long Tail’

About the Author

Clive Thompson is one of the most prominent thinkers on technology and its impact on daily life. He is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and Wired magazine. This is his first book.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1702 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BVSX0TS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #283,924 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Clive Thompson poses an especially interesting question: "What would happen if, instead of competing against one another, humans and computers [begin italics] collaborated [end italics]? Which, for example, is smarter at chess? "Neither. It's the two together, working side by side." Most of us do not as yet realize that we are now playing advanced chess. "We just haven't learned to appreciate it. Our tools are everywhere, linked with or minds, working in tandem...This transformation is rippling through every part of our cognition -- how we learn, how we remember, and how we act upon that knowledge emotionally, intellectually, and politically."

Thompson examines three "shifts" that involve infinite memory, dot connecting, and explosive publishing, shifts that are evolving into the future of thought. In fact, he suggests, parts of that future have already arrived and quotes William Gibson: "The future is already here -- it's just not evenly distributed." That said, Thompson adds, "we'll be on firmer ground if we stick to what's observably happening in the world around us: our cognitive behavior, the quality of our cultural production, and the social science that tries to measure what we do in everyday life.
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I recommend this book to colleagues and clients constantly - I enjoyed it from start to finish. An incredibly important and welcome work. Read it now.
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Very interesting approach on technology. Especially enjoyed all the positive views about, and then the parts that where bring it back to earth.
I recommend it.
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Valuable survey of developments in neursocience and their impact on psychology
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