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Brain gain : technology and the quest for digital wisdom / Marc Prensky.

Author/Creator:
Prensky, Marc.
Publication:
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Format/Description:
Book
xii, 270 p. ; 25 cm.
Edition:
1st ed.
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Subjects:
Technological innovations -- Psychological aspects.
Technological innovations -- Social aspects.
Human-computer interaction -- Social aspects.
Cognition.
Intellect.
Summary:
In this controversial and well-argued treatise, Prensky offers the idea that rather than stunting the mind - that most essential aspect of an individual's intelligence and sense of self - smart technology (and smart use of technology) enhances our humanity in ways that the brain on its own never could. Through scores of fascinating examples, Prensky shows that the symbiotic combination of the human brain and technology - from marrying the brain's strengths such as sense-making and complex reasoning abilities with technology's strengths like storing and processing large amounts of data - has great benefits for our own cognitive functioning. How should we best combine the strengths of mind and machine for maximum benefit? Prensky's call is for digital wisdom - a new interconnectedness between human and technology that is already enabling Homo Sapiens to begin the journey into the next stages of cognitive evolution.
Contents:
Introduction : Mind evolution in our time
The human mind : Improved, extended, enhanced, amplified (and liberated) by technology
The quest for digital wisdom : The emerging homo sapiens digital
50 candidates for digital wisdom : Are we wiser if...?
Less desirable paths : Digital cleverness and digital stupidity
The trade-offs : Cultivating brain gain and digital wisdom
Teaching digital wisdom : How do we lead our kids to develop it?
Are there real dangers? What should we be wary of?
After digital wisdom : The singularity and the eternally evolving human.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780230338098
0230338097
OCLC:
760974926