undermine intelligence, it creates more and better opportunities to foster it, provided only that public education is given its proper due (it currently is not).” —Evan Hansen, editor-in-chief, Wired, formerly leader of consumer and media coverage for CNET News.com
“Google will not just be an index of static information, but layers of metadata about its validity, timeliness, and context—how could that not make us smarter?” —Anthony Townsend, director of technology development and research director at The Institute for the Future
“Google makes us smarter because it requires us to think about the information we encounter and make informed judgments based on new information and lived experience, and reflect on it. Google promotes the development of wisdom as opposed to the accretion of data.” —Jason Nolan, assistant professor, Ryerson University, and founding co-editor of the journal Learning Inquiry
The resources of the Internet and search engines will shift cognitive capacities. We won’t have to remember as much, but we’ll have more choices, more information to assess, so we must implement deeper critical-thinking and analytical skills. Less time devoted to memorization gives people more time to sharpen those skills.
“Google allows us to be more creative in approaching problems and more integrative in our thinking. We spend less time trying to recall and more time generating solutions.” —Paul Jones, conference co-chair, WWW2010; clinical associate professor, School of Information and Library Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; director, ibiblio
“Google will make us smarter. And, having access to so much information, we will not longer need to focus on retaining details and be freed up to think about bigger ideas. I truly believe our brains are being rewired through using the Internet as much as we do to access information. Our intelligence will evolve to become more adept at contextualizing information and to see bigger patterns emerge from the information, which ultimately leads to big ideas.” —Tiffany Shlain, founder of the Webby Awards and co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, filmmaker, director of the Moxie Institute