(Tuesday) Group 1 Presentation: Remember Jeeves, the “highly competent infobutler?”

For my portion of the presentation, I’ll be talking about how the internet changes our perception of time and a bit about how it reverses the “master-servant” roles. I  chose 2 essays that discuss this– one by an artist and the other by a cognitive neuroscientist:

Marina Abramovic argues that spending more time on the internet has made her “much more aware of time differences and, in a restless way, my nights became hunted from the presence of the other working day time around the world.”

Joshua D. Greene, a Cognitive Neuroscientist and Philosopher at Harvard University talks about the Ask Jeeves search engine in his essay, stating:

“The Internet has provided us with unprecedented access to information, but it hasn’t changed what we do with it once it’s made it into our heads. This is because the Internet doesn’t (yet) know how to think. We still have to do it for ourselves, and we do it the old-fashioned way. Jim Flynn has documented massive gains in IQ over the 20th Century (the “Flynn Effect“), which he attributes to our enhanced capacity for abstract thought, which he in turn attributes to the cognitive demands of the modern marketplace. Why hasn’t the Internet had a comparable effect? The answer, I think, is that the roles of master and servant are reversed. We place demands on the Internet, but the Internet hasn’t placed any fundamentally new demands on us. In this sense, the Internet really is like a butler.”

For the rest of the essays, check out these links:

http://edge.org/response-detail/1/how-is-the-internet-changing-the-way-you-think

http://edge.org/response-detail/80/how-is-the-internet-changing-the-way-you-think

-Jasleen

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