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RichQ
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Re: Brain retardation
RichQ   1/28/2015 7:19:20 PM
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I agree with binaryJudy that it's not the use of the technology that is the problem. We all have grown dependent on technology for things like our food, water, and sanitation, for instance, a point nicely made in this article. As long as we are training our children to think logically, analyze problems, and work systematically it doesn't really matter if they need a calculator when the job calls for it. Being able to do mental math can be helpful, sure, but necessary? Not when the technology to assist is so inexpensive and readily available.

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Re: Brain retardation
BinaryJudy   1/28/2015 6:11:21 PM
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@bk11 and @prabhakar Made me think of the movie Idiocracy, where everyone has become extremely lazy and stupid.

The "Identity Processsing Program of America" computer asks "If you have one bucket that contains 2 gallons and another bucket that contains 7 gallons, how many buckets do you have?"

Not quite the same but I do find myself not even trying to (or even thinking about) memorizing things now that I have Google in my pocket. For the most part, I believe these advances will help humanity. Especially if it improves one's quality of life. If it ever gets to a Deus Ex style dystopian future (video game where you can purchase augments for different parts of the body, some weaponized) then things could become scary.

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Re: Brain retardation
bk11   1/28/2015 2:59:04 PM
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prabhakar_deosthali hit the nail on the head.  How many have watched a cashier struggle to make change without the aid of a cash register, or fail to comprehend that  a $15 item marked 50% off shouldn't ring up at $10?

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Re: Superwoman
junko.yoshida   1/28/2015 11:57:28 AM
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Fantastic story! Thanks for chiming in. Yes, it is a great example of what the technology could do to a courageous man like your mother. May she rest in peace.

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Superwoman
boblespam   1/28/2015 3:20:56 AM
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Summer 1986, South of France, my mother lifts off her wheel chair and with the help of an exoskeleton developed by the Pr. Rabishong and his team, she wrote History. The machine is very impressive, it's made of hydraulic motors and a huge computer mimics the steps of a nearby valid person. It was 30 years ago, she made the first (exhausting) steps of a big adventure, it's great to see that's this adventure is still continuing: my mother died last month, she was a role model for me and for many other people who had to face the challenges of life.



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Brain retardation
prabhakar_deosthali   1/28/2015 1:39:07 AM
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As far as my thinking goes, this evolution of technology is working against the evolution of brain power in the majority of population.

 

While a few smart brains are bringing newer and smarter gadjets for the use by the common people, the ability of these common people to think, analyse and make decisions is slowly going to diminish, because so mcuh of that information, analysis , memorization is being done by the machines and not by the human brain.

So the common man's brain is slowly going to degenerate,  it will forget simple maths, it will forget simple abilities to find directions ( GPS ), it will loose its ability to remember a lot of things and recall them as per the context .

 

So apart from the mechanical muscle boosters, performance enhancers and such things, itr is the retardation of brain of common sonsumer that gets me worried. With that retardation the whole mankind will start depending on those handful technology innovators to keep them feeding with ready-made solutions to all daya to day ( even mundane) chores.

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_hm   1/27/2015 7:05:58 PM
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It is myopic to underestimate humane power brain like this. All these devices can perform very few activities at pick and for some time. But they themselves do not evolve, like humane and in no time becomes redundant.

It is too ealry too compare robot with humane power and glory.

 

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Re: Evolution
junko.yoshida   1/27/2015 1:43:57 PM
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well said, vvc0. agreed.

you wrote:

If we try a technology and do not adopt it, more likely than not it is because the technology isn't addressing an issue relevant to the continued evolution of the species.

3DTV comes to mind.

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Re: Evolution
vvc0   1/27/2015 1:40:11 PM
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One of the things that comes to mind while reading your article is the ubiquituous adoption of technology by today's youth, especially the use of social networks. We tend color our thoughts on technological adoption through our life histories. The youth of today does not carry that baggage. Our deep seated distrust in machines is a generational issue more than a species issue. All generations eventually distrust the new machines while embracing the tried and true machines (think cars, cnc machines, computers, plows). Older generations are threatened by the loss of their comfortable niche which comes about from the introduction of the new technology. The younger generations often embrace the new technology, which eventually becomes the tried and true over time.

That said, what will really trip up technological inventions is that the utility does not integrate well with the evolutionary path we take as a species. If we try a technology and do not adopt it, more likely than not it is because the technology isn't addressing an issue relevant to the continued evolution of the species. Sometimes the problem solved by a technology comes well after the technology has been invented.

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Re: Evolution
junko.yoshida   1/27/2015 1:17:39 PM
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@vvc0, you're welcome.

I think a bigger picture you painted here is probably how things will pan out. Technologies evolve and humans adapt to such changes.

That said, am I too paranoid to think that some of our deep-seated distrust in machines could trip up some technology inventions -- at least for short and medium terms?

 

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