The relationship between modern technology and our mind

For all of us living in a fast-paced world with new technology, the Internet is no stranger now. No further examples are needed; You may have been accustomed to reading this article only in print media, such as a weekend newspaper, and now you are reading this article on your computer or smartphone over the Internet. If you have read about the artificial intelligence you have dreamed of now, you have an idea of ​​how advanced life is. The purpose of this article is to look at how the Internet can help a person who develops such incredible technology to improve their memory.

You can see one of the most popular topics in any discussion about new technology, social networking sites, and the Internet. Do all these technological tools distract us from real-world human contact? Many people have come to answer yes to this question and have grown accustomed to it. But you all know that there are good and bad sides in everything. It is undoubtedly the case that the misuse of all these technological tools weakens real human relationships. But there are many benefits to using them effectively. Let’s find out what they are and how they can be obtained.

As Clive Thompson, author of Technology in his Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better, says: And knowledge dissemination. He notes in the introduction to the book:

“If we can get a clear idea of ​​how these new technologies work (or can do so), then any of us who are amateur/general can have higher levels of intelligence. One of the best things that can happen is that these digital devices can expand our vision, momentum, and communication, and misuse can make us the victims of those device makers. Overall, I feel that the benefits are greater than their misuse. ”

According to him, if we use the technology properly, we can use our energy and memory more effectively. One of the main points discussed here is memory outsourcing with the help of external tools.

What does this mean? You can see a simple example from the image above. You may have experience with these things. A moment when you want to find the lyrics of a song and remember it? A few parts of the name of a book that is barely remembered and part of the author’s name? When you need to find these things, all you have to do is search the keywords in a search engine on the Internet. This is reverse engineering something you don’t know with the help of something you know. The collective brain of the internet is helping you do this. Here your memory acts as an index. You use a large amount of memory (internet) to find what you need.

However, this concept is not something that was used yesterday. Oh, what you are asking is on my tongue right now, don’t remember When a friend asks you something, you answer multiple times. (Tip of the Tongo Syndrome) Your brain works by trying to figure out what you already know. This process can take anywhere from two to three seconds to half an hour. There is also the possibility of not remembering anything. By outsourcing this process on the Internet, you get answers faster. But there is a big problem.

Does technology blunt our knowledge?

This question is very reasonable. The answer is yes and no. It depends on the nature of the usage as stated earlier. As far as our topic is concerned, one might think that using the internet as part of our memory makes us more lazy. But do you believe that we have been practicing for thousands of years to use this same process differently?


Yes. You have to believe it. Ever since man’s habit of writing and using books, he has been putting his knowledge and writings on record. Then came the gradual advancement of technology with the advent of photographs and motion pictures. But even in the very early days when the idea of ​​archiving knowledge was first proposed, there were people who thought of this technology in the same way. The Greek philosopher Socrates said (to his own memory) that knowledge stored on the outside is not true knowledge, and that it severely undermines the human energy. But as you can see by now, man’s energy is not dull.

The evolution of knowledge enhancement processes with the help of the outside world

There are two main types of memory we store. Imagine you were drinking a cup of hot coffee when you were out on a picnic with a group of friends one day. That whole experience is recorded in one way (episodic memory). In another sense, Nuwara Eliya is a town in the central hills of Sri Lanka, and that hot coffee is an ideal beverage to maintain body temperature in cold weather. The Internet helps you to use fact-based information to help you discover factual information. This is an automatic process. Prior to that, we were supported by books and libraries. It was the librarian who helped you, like the internet search engine.


The practical disadvantages of this process are that it takes too much time to find what you need, and your assistant librarian is unaware of all the books in the library. But the Internet and search engine do not cause such problems. It has the ability to deliver on-demand exactly what you want.

What is the future of knowledge searching online?

According to Harvard University psychologist Daniel Wegner, humans retain their intelligence in their memory. In addition, it contains information on how to easily perform tasks that are difficult to remember and who can do them. For example, if you have difficulty making up a number, you can ask your friend for help in case of an emergency if a friend near you has more than that. Transactional memory is more efficient than using memory alone. This is how we use the Internet. The friend who helps you is the search engine.


Like Socrates of the past, today we are ambivalent about using this new technology. Will this cause a loss of manpower? Does technology overuse affect human relationships? The lack of real human relationships, whether or not technology is the main factor, is human.

In terms of capacitance, this does not change much. You may be searching for something online because you already have some knowledge about it. And if you want to learn something you don’t know, you can only think about something else. Thus, when searching for information on the Internet, you have the potential to find something that is relevant but not known before. As mentioned earlier, you are transacting your knowledge with someone else. But the process of a search engine is different from that of a competent friend who can support you. Even if you know your friend’s intentions, the search engine’s algorithm may not be close to you. It works exactly as the company owns it. With this understanding, you will not find it difficult to increase your knowledge through the use of the Internet. Instead of highlighting the disadvantages of using technology and getting rid of it, we should recognize the advantages and adopt a more efficient lifestyle.


Finally, a simple point to make. If you can use the Internet as a collective brain to become more knowledgeable and more efficient, you can use your creativity and real-time knowledge to better your search engine.

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