Is Google Making Us Smarter?

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Is our increasing reliance on Google rotting our brains and turning us in to lazy halfwits? Or could search engine technology actually be exercising our brains in ways don’t fully understand yet? Neuroscientist Gary Small explains how the brain treats Google like any other repeatedly used tool—it physically changes to strengthen the ability to use the tool. Google may also be making our brains more malleable and better equipped to learn new skills.

This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Date: Friday June 4, 2010
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Moderator: John Hockenberry
Participants: Luciano Floridi, Gary Small, Rosalind Picard

Creative thought is surely among our most precious and mysterious capabilities. But can powerful computers rival the human brain? As thinking, remembering and innovating become increasingly interwoven with technological advances, what are we capable of? What do we lose? Join Luciano Floridi, John Donoghue, Gary Small and Rosalind Picard for a thought-provoking program about thinking. This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation....[Read more]

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