Are we getting smarter, or just more dependent?
"I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots." Albert Einstein This quote is one that perhaps my brother-in-law could have said. With the move to digital devices we are coming to a point where people don’t need to remember anything, they have it all in the palm of their hand. Got a question, look it up! I find myself doing this more and more in conversations with people.
One complaint I have heard from professors and others is that the generation of young people now entering the workplace don’t know how to communicate. They are poor writers and their coordination and collaboration skills are lacking. Some of this would have to be a direct result their being wedded to their “digital assistants.”
My elementary teacher son and his wife are telling me that kids will soon not be taught math tables. This is because they will have their personal handheld devices to do the math for them. Some would call this progress. I wonder what Einstein would call it?