Brain Power (2012)

image from TED.com

In this TED book, Shlain gives us an overview of how the internet (or technology) develops as our brain does.  She emphasizes on how the internet can be a useful tool for us to understand one and another  through crowdsourcing and how it can give us easy access to vast amount of knowledge at our fingertips. Instead of a pessimistic view on how technology can become addictive (“addictive yearning”), she proposes that technology can be seen as an extension of our brain, trying to connect to the unreachable. And like a child’s brain, it yearns for attention, knowledge and interactivity.
As enticing as the title may seem, the benefits of networking is not new. I can only agree to a certain extent that a child’s brain equates to the global brain, because survival plays an important role in a child’s learning. Comparatively, the global brain doesn’t have a “mind” of its own (yet) to learn for survival or for any other purpose than to serve us (at least not until artificial intelligence is  advanced enough to acquire its own power source). But when it does, this brain will be smarter than seven billion brains combined, hypothetically speaking. Is that good? Hmmm… 

link to a TED interview with the author