Without a shadow of a doubt, the internet, and technology as a whole, has affected the very way we live. When I was only five, my first taste of technology came in the form of the television and video games in which the latter is still part of my daily life. I was then exposed to the internet at the age of nine, much to my parents’, mainly because I eventually became hooked to this once foreign idea. However, I was born to a generation where the internet made everything much easier. Anyone who was born during 1946 to 1959 were known as the baby boomers; the way I see it now, anyone born in from the late 80’s to our current time I would call them “tech babies.”
In chapter three of The Shallows, Nicholas Carr mentions one thing that is still stuck in my head. He mentions that “Every intellectual technology, to put it another way, embodies an intellectual ethic, a set of assumptions about how the human mind works or should work.” What captures my attention the most about this quote is the term “intellectual technology.” At first, I didn’t think too much about, however, after the quote was used during last class it began to burn into my mind. What is this “intellectual technology”? Only two things came to mind when I thought about it: computers and our minds.
I can’t deny that the internet worsen my concentration and my attention span, but at the same time, I want my own mind to work just like it: a mind that is able to gather information without fail and to quickly respond to anything and think things thoroughly. The way I see it, the mind of a tech baby and the internet intertwines as we’re able to adapt with every change that technology and the internet brings us. To me, this “intellectual technology” is our own minds as we use it to think thoroughly and other various things. Technology, in my opinion, is something with the intended purpose to make our lives’ easier. Our minds can do that as well, but in its own special way.
The way I see it, as technology changes, so do our minds.