[Smarter Than You Think]
In Chapter 5 “The Art of Finding” of Smarter Than You Think, Clive Thompson discusses the progressions that were made in how we find information. He begins with Phaedrus’ “PowerPoint” summary to Socrates and concludes with how we depend on Google as a tool for instant recall.
When highlighting the research of Betsy Sparrow, Thompson writes “For Sparrow, this suggests that her theory was right: When we’re surrounded by computer memory, we treat it the same way we treat other people. Google – or your smartphone – becomes like an insanely knowledgeable companion. You trust it enough to rely on as you would a spouse or nearby colleague” (128).
Based on the reading, what new or notable insight did you gain? What made that insight new or notable for you?