Technology Making Us "Smarter Than You Think"

Friday, August 01, 2014


With every advance in technology, skeptics lament the loss of a more meaningful and simpler time, arguing that attention spans are shrinking and critical thinking is corroding. But in his book, Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better, journalist Clive Thompson offers a different take. Brooke spoke with Thompson last year about how all of the YouTube videos, blogs, Twitter feeds, and Wikipedia pages have produced a unique human intelligence.


Clive Thompson

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Brooke Gladstone

Comments [7]

Josh Rose from Texas

Hi fellow Josh: I, too, wanted to know who Brooke quoted at the end, so I replayed it. It was Marshall Berman and his book "All That is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity." Amazon link:

Aug. 07 2014 06:37 PM
Heather Fox from Kentucky

You mention librarians grappling with profusion of information in the digital age, don't forget archivists who are grappling with preserving this data for future generations. Interesting piece!

Aug. 07 2014 12:03 PM
Josh from St Paul, MN

Brooke ended the show with a quote from someone who just died about what it means to be modern. Can anyone remember the name? Thanks

Aug. 05 2014 04:35 PM
Jessie Henshaw from Way Uptown

Brook, Don't be silly. Of course there's a simple solution to the ever growing disruption of our concentration with manipulative intrusions of our thought stream. We could simply opt to be the customers again, rather than the product. You and I could make a billion on it too!

Aug. 03 2014 04:00 PM
Lloyd from London, UK

Blackbird by Brad Mehldau, part of The Art Of The Trio, Volume One.

Aug. 02 2014 04:41 PM
Alex from Chicago, IL

I also would like to know whose cover of "Blackbird" played at the end if the show.

Aug. 02 2014 08:43 AM
Mark from Austin, Tx

Anyone know the name of the music at the end of this piece? Thanks

Aug. 02 2014 08:08 AM

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