Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better.
Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod speak with Clive Thompson, author of "Smarter Than You Think: How How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better." Thompson argues that the Internet age has produced bold new forms of human cognition, worthy of both celebration and investigation. We learn more and retain the information longer, write and think with global audiences, and even gain an ESP-like awareness of the world around us.
In Smarter Than You Think, Thompson documents how every technological innovation—from the printing press to the telegraph—has provoked the very same anxieties that plague us today. We panic that life will never be the same, that our attentions are eroding, that culture is being trivialized. But as in the past, we adapt—learning to use the new and retaining what’s good of the old.
Clive Thompson is a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired.