Future Minds

A book about digitalization, spurred by rise of the Internet, social media and gadgets, shaping, consuming and slaving our minds and hard-habits.
A new revolution of society with scatterbrains (fast, ease of access, multi-tasking, instantaneous, non-linear) but lacking in quality thinking and deep thoughts, globally and virtually connected but locally lacking of interpersonal bonding and engagement, having plenty of Googled answers but relatively few good questions. Essentially, information is abundant for disposal, even encouraging silly mistakes (termed partial stupidity), for actions are recoverable by merely hitting the undo buttons. It is the height of online wisdom (of the crowd), pushing familiarity over intimacy, outsourcing memory to hard drives, promoting 24-7 hyper-alert, continuous online status, and work-shopping digital immortality (forever-stored online status). Too much information already? Exactly. Despite the good of digitalization, it demotes and inhibits quality thinking and creativity, largely for structured, logical thinking. As Einstein said, creativity is the most sacred gift, while logical thinking is the most dependable slave (something like that)…While Watson is obviously good at spotting and leveraging new trend, even explaining them (as in Future Files), I reckon, subsequent chapters (i.e. how to go about it and the future) are somewhat less interesting and even mundane. Maybe Watson is a screenager himself? I am.


About jensonlim

A young, learning adult with deep thoughts on life and interests on provocative and unusual stuffs.

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