Smahrt Fones

Language has allowed us to transmit knowledge across generations, and is arguably the single most important factor in our progress as a species as we’re able to learn from the hard work (and mistakes) of our ancestors. What happens when we need not acquire wisdom, but rather rely on a lazy ability to manipulate an access tool? Our intelligence becomes dependent on something external to us – a computer  and is therefore vulnerable to being “out of service” or running out of battery power. Do deeper understandings of the world emerge from instant access to answers, or is labored and careful concentration central to increasing our intelligence?

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