Read NICHOLAS CARR, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” [p. 424] for JOURNAL 2
Answer questions 1-3. Type out the answers and either comment below, email me the answers, or print out and bring to class.
- “Is Google making us stupid?” How does Carr answer this question, and what evidence does he provide.
- What possible objections to his own position does Carr introduce – and why do you think he does so? How effectively does he counter these objections?
- Carr begins this essay by quoting an exchange between HAL and Dave, a supercomputer and an astronaut in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey – and he concludes by reflecting on that scene. What happens to HAL and Dave, and how does this outcome support his argument?
English 010 – 3:00
Is google making us stupid response
Google is not making us stupid. If anything it is making us smarter. As said in the article “Is Google Making Us Stupid” Carr says google “understands exactly what you mean and gives you back exactly what you want.” this meaning he is in favor of google and isn’t making people stupid. He also states that we become more productive thinkers.
Some contradictions Carr states are that our brains are being replaced by artificial intelligence. “The human brain is just an outdated computer that needs a faster processor and a bigger hard drive.” from the article “Is Google making Us Stupid”
Dave is nearly sent to space to death by a malfunctioning computer. Carr notices it is harder for him to concentrate on reading for long periods of time, while it used to be something that came easy to him but no longer is anymore. Technology is taking over the thinking we used to have to do and replacing it with artificial intelligence, making us not have to think for ourselves.
6 September 2018
1.) Carr answers this question by saying that people’s brains are rewiring to look for easier routes of attaining information. He uses an example of himself as no longer being able to read longer literature and only skimming or reading short paragraphs.
2.) Carr believes that men will become second while machines will do all the work and thinking. But he also states that knowledge is now more accessible to everyone.
3.) In that movie HAL is disconnected by Dave to save their ship, meaning that machines might not always work in some situations or can malfunction.
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