It’s undeniable—technology is changing the way we think. But
is it for the better? Amid a chorus of doomsayers, Clive Thompson delivers a
resounding “yes.” The Internet age has produced a radical new style of human
intelligence, worthy of both celebration and analysis. We learn more and retain
it longer, write and think with global audiences, and even gain an ESP-like
awareness of the world around us. Modern technology is making us smarter,
better connected, and often deeper—both as individuals and as a society.
In Smarter Than You
Think Thompson shows that every technological innovation—from the written
word to the printing press to the telegraph—has provoked the very same
anxieties that plague us today. We panic that life will never be the same; that
our attentions are eroding; that culture is being trivialized. But as in the
past, we adapt—learning to use the new and retaining what’s good of the old.
Thompson introduces us to a cast of extraordinary characters
who augment their minds in inventive ways. There’s the seventy-six-year old
millionaire who digitally records his every waking moment—giving him instant
recall of the events and ideas of his life, even going back decades. There’s a
group of courageous Chinese students who mounted an online movement that shut
down a $1.6 billion toxic copper plant. There are experts and there are
amateurs, including a global set of gamers who took a puzzle that had baffled
HIV scientists for a decade—and solved it collaboratively in only one month.
Smarter Than You Think
isn’t just about pioneers. It’s about everyday users of technology and how our
digital tools—from Google to Twitter to Facebook and smartphones—are giving us
new ways to learn, talk, and share our ideas. Thompson harnesses the latest
discoveries in social science to explore how digital technology taps into our
long-standing habits of mind—pushing them in powerful new directions. Our
thinking will continue to evolve as newer tools enter our lives. Smarter Than You Think embraces and
extols this transformation, presenting an exciting vision of the present and
the future. Download and start listening now!