There are many people I know that can relate to this same scenario:
Someone has asked you to solve a simple math problem, probably throwing in a negative, all without a calculator. You stall, you take some time to make sure you did it just right because you can’t remember if two negatives make them positive or if you carry the one or if you can actually divide decimals the old fashioned way or not. You eventually come to an answer, praying its correct since you’re already red from embarrassment for taking longer than you think it should have taken you to solve the problem. And that’s when you wish you had an invisible calculator you could control with your mind. But you do. It is your mind, and maybe it needs to have some play time to rejuvenate its incredible, built-in qualities.
The reason for this sweat inducing drama is the fact that we haven’t put down calculators since we were first taught to use them. The beautiful, number crunching, all answer giving device has played a large part in decline of brain function in that area. I want to research how to get our brains back up to speed, and how we can further improve them after that. Through the website Luminosity, your brain can play games that will help improve areas such as memory, attention, speed, flexibility, and problem solving, all while tracking your progress.
The brain and technology as a synonymous object of study is something not only of interest, but also of importance. Day by day, more and more technology is being spit out and more and more of it is to reduce mental strain to allow us to multitask “efficiently.” That’s funny because the brain does not work efficiently when multitasking. Therefore, to see the effect that our awesome and cool techy gear has on brain function is something that should be looked into when creating new awesome and cool techy gear. Another person could study this by seeing what types of technology can create mental deficits and if other types of technology could remedy it as well. I think this project could be looked at from all different perspectives, agreeing or disagreeing or proving or disproving and I think it would be great to see those who believe in brain training and those who believe this new technology is only the next step through ‘evolution’ of the brain into man-machine among other skeptics and advocates.