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Be you technophile or luddite, this book is worth your time. I read both this book and Nick Carr's `The Shallows' simultaneously and really appreciated both books. Although my personal prejudice is more closely aligned with Carr's, I found this book very helpful in balancing my concerns about technology and the future role that it will play in our lives. While reading this book, I felt that I was getting a glimpse into the not-so-distant future. Wheras 'The Shallows' does a great job in raising awareness of the neurological impact of distracting technology in our lives, this book provided an equally powerful wallop in helping calm some anxieties and excite us with the possibilities of what new technology can do.
Similar to Carr's 'Shallows', Thompson's 'Smarter' provides some new vocabulary to label and comprehend what's going in our internet-saturated world. These new labels, from both books, enable us to think more clearly and more rationally about the modern, digital word.
Clearly and succinctly put in an interesting read, the author, gives evidence in the case of "how technology is changing literacy". I found the book to have pleasantly optimistic tone balanced with some cautions and reality checks.
The technological present and future may remain good places to be alive.
This is a great example of a well researched "pop sci" book, along the lines of Gladwell, but more evidence based. Clive has an academic style that is fun to read, and will send you too the kindle dictionary occasionally to look up words.
As a NYTimes reporter, he has had access to some facinating people, and also to some facinating robots, i.e. Watson. Overall if you are interested in the impact on technology on memory and knowledge work, grab this book.
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