I really wanted to focus on an idea mentioned in the Carr article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid,” the idea that in the future our brains could be supplemented or replaced by artificial intelligence. In the article, Sergey Brin is quoted as saying, “Certainly if you had all the world’s information directly attached to your brain, or an artificial brain that was smarter than your brain, you’d be better off.” This is completely terrifying to me, but it is something we have to consider as the human race keeps making technological advances.
Could we come to that point as humans where we would be choosing or even forced to supplement our brains? If all that knowledge was at our fingertips at a moment’s notice, would we stop learning or at least making an effort to learn? It suggests that the mind is only useful for the information that it holds and all knowledge is easily quantifiable. This seems to suggest a future like Anderson’s Feed (http://www.amazon.com/Feed-M-T-Anderson/dp/0763662623) where creativity has been completely wiped out and we are constantly receiving advertisements directly to our brains.
As pointed out in the article, the same things were said at the advent of other technologies like writing and the printing press. Is that comparable to the coming age of artificial intelligence? Perhaps, I am just worrying too much and the human race can adapt to that sort of change as easily as we have adapted to having technologies like the printing press and being able to write things down, but I live in fear of a society where humans stop learning and innovating because all that they need is right at their fingertips.