Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better by Clive Thompson
I feel like our culture is always so focused on the negatives of our rapidly evolving technology culture that we overlook the positives. Clive Thompson’s book is about those positives. Thompson argues that we are continually learning to harness new technologies to enhance our thought process rather than degrade them. He also points out that all the fears surrounding the digital age were once the same anxieties that came with all innovations including the printing press, telephone, radio and television and yet, we are not dumber or culturally bereft because of them. Blogging and status updates are allowing us to write more and with global audiences in mind; Google has given us an enormous transactive memory that allows us to focus on our passions and the bigger picture; the connectedness of the Internet allows for collective problem-solving. This book is an insightful and informative view of how technology is changing us for the better.
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson
What would your life be today without computers or the Internet? Whether on a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone, you are almost certainly reading this review on a computer hooked up to the magnificent network we call the Internet. Walter Isaacson weaves together a history of the men, women and machines that created the digital revolution and changed the course of human interaction. From Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing to Bill Gates and Tim Berners-Lee, Isaacson presents a story of creative geniuses and creative collaborations that led to the modern digital age. Peppered with photos of people and technology, the book feels like a living narrative rather than a dry history. Isaacson has written a seminal work for anyone interested in some of the most important advances in the course of human events and how the computer became ubiquitous in our lives.
The Future of Libraries via Time.com
Interesting article on how libraries are keeping up with the times with technology. Read it here.