(I believe in multiples) by how we learn in new ways to learn, generate new knowledge, problem-solve, and innovate.” —Mario Morino, co-founder and chairman, Venture Philanthropy Partners, chairman, Morino Institute
“Nobody got to be stupid by having access to information. In 10 years, it is possible that education systems will improve through access to the Internet (although change happens slowly in academia), but in that time more people will have gained new knowledge through the Internet and will be pressuring their leaders to make better decisions.” —Adrian Schofield, manager, applied research unit, Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering, president, Computer Society South Africa
The more we use the Internet and search, the more dependent on it we will become. Having more access to knowledge than ever before is changing how we live and act, and it can even make us “crazy.” We must contemplate this and, as we do, make adjustments.
“As the Internet gets more sophisticated it will enable a greater sense of empowerment among users. We will not be more stupid, but we will probably be more dependent upon it.” —Bernie Hogan, research fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
“We really don’t understand the effects of present-day media habits on contemplative thought. Researchers into brain neuroplasticity, such as Norman Doidge, assert that everything we do rewires the brain. He claims that with media it is tied in part to the constant exercising of the ‘orienting response’ when we shift our attention…Now the pervasive nature of devices delivering constant access to media, that transport many of us into, what Linda Stone calls, a state of ‘continuous partial attention,’ bear serious study. Understanding the effects of media on the brain function would be an excellent place to start. The effects of incessant electronic media exposure on the brain and the possible resulting changes in social behavior are potentially a serious public health issue.” —Sam Punnett, president, FAD Research, Inc., analyst, Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund
“Google does not make us stupid; but it can make us complacent. For example, people get so conditioned into using Google for