Technology has plenty of downsides — tech neck, texting while driving, blue light rays — but there is also a positive the digital age is not causing us to become stupid, says Anthony Chemero, professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Cincinnati. Professor of philosophy and psychology at the University of California says, “Despite the headlines, it is not proven that smartphones or digital technology hurt our biological cognitive abilities.” This was the conclusion of a paper he co-authored in Nature Human Behaviour supporting such a conclusion. A new paper presented by Chemero and colleagues at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management sheds light on the evolution of digital technologies, emphasizing how smart technology enhances creativity, which can help us achieve greater success. Rather than hinder it, smartphones and digital technology seem to be improving it. For instance, your smart phone will give you directions so that you don’t need to consult a map. This allows you to focus on something else that requires less brain power. In a business setting, the same principle holds true He says that computational problems are not solved by pen and paper or that phone numbers are not memorized in 2021. Instead, computers, tablets and smart phones will function as an auxiliary tool which is accomodating in terms of memorization, calculation, and storing information.
As Lorenzo Cecutti, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, points out, smart technology can also augment our decision making capabilities in ways that we would not be able to do alone. The GPS technology on our phones can help us not only get to our destinations, but also enable us to choose a route according to The process of driving around a new city would be challenging.” Chemero says “I can imagine it being an unpleasant experience.” take all of this technology and combine it with a naked human brain and what you get is that we are actually capable of completing much more complex tasks than we could by ourselves,” Chemero says. While smart technology may have other consequences, “making us stupid is not one of them.” In addition to Spike W.S., other authors contributed to the paper. The following comes from the University of Toronto’s Lee.