Ray Kurzweil wants to remind us of the major pros and cons of ubiquitous online access and how it’s shaping our brains.

This article is featured on the website http://www.kurzweilai.net/    January 9, 2012

With much of human knowledge now our fingertips, the Internet is rewiring our brains in various ways, Online College finds:

  1. The Internet is our external hard drive
  2. Children are learning differently
  3. We hardly ever give tasks our full attention
  4. We don’t bother to remember
  5. We’re getting better at finding information
  6. Difficult questions make us think about computers
  7. IQ is increasing over time
  8. Our concentration is suffering
  9. We’re getting better at determining relevance
  10. We’re becoming physically addicted to technology
  11. The more you use the Internet, the more it lights up your brain
  12. Our brains constantly seek out incoming information
  13. We’ve become power browsers
  14. Online thinking persists even offline
  15. Creative thinking may suffer