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Portable Engelbart

“We refer to a way of life in an integrated domain where hunches, cut-and-try, intangibles, and the human “feel for a situation” usefully co-exist with powerful concepts, streamlined terminology and notation, sophisticated methods, and high-powered electronic aids.”

Basically, our life and daily activities are facilitated by mechanical aids. Relating back to my inquiry project, in essence we need technology now because of the era we live in, but the key is to limit our usage in a way our brains can stay healthy, optimized, and productive.

“First any possibility for improving the effective utilization of the intellectual power of society’s problem solvers warrants the most serious consideration. This is because man’s problem-solving capability represents possibly the most important resource possessed by a society.”

This is just beautiful to me. It is exactly what I have been saying all along, that we must preserve the human mind before it’s too late. The brain is our most valuable piece of technology. We should aim to help keep it at its peak throughout our lives.

Diigo Connections

The main focus of the pages I bookmarked from other people on Diigo were all geared toward technology and what usage of it had negative effects on the brain. For example, technology effecting mental health, social media and its adverse effects, addiction and depression due to technology and/or your Facebook, etc. The main connection between my nugget and these thoughts is that technology does have some sort of psychological effect on each and every individual who uses it. In this day and age, it’s pretty much impossible not to use it.

Elisey, from section 008, uses their nugget to expand on man and computer working side by side in order to produce the best outcome for a situation. This relates back to one of my nuggets where I mentioned that man-machine should not happen in the future, for the sake of humanity. I think Elisey’s idea would be the best, we can continue to advance our technology to aid us side by side, without letting it become or overtake us.
Abdul, from section 006, elaborates on how computing itself has augmented intelligence. I agree with Abdul on some levels, but relating back to my nugget, technology has also obviously taken a toll on cognitive function. Can you do fractional math without a calculator? If we weren’t to rely so much on disruptive technology, we may have even higher intellect.
Justin, from section 008, brings up my very first nugget – mechanical aids. He mentions physical mechanical aids to begin with, such as tools. He then mentions mental mechanical aids, which he believes are so in abundance as are physical mechanical aids. The most prominent mental aid mentioned was the computer, an example I brought up in my own nugget as well. I also believe that the computer and technological advances in general have effected our intellect greatly, whether for better or worse.

I think we can use Diigo to make sense of a huge amount of data to stripping multiple topics down to their basics. Tags work best to accomplish this. Using my bookmarks for example, I could use the tags technology, brain, psychological function, and computers to put together the many inquiry ideas from other authors that may be on the same wavelength as mine.

Augmenting Human Intellect Nugget

“In other words, the human mind neither learns nor acts by large leaps, but by steps organized or structured so that each one depends upon previous steps.”

This nugget stuck out to me because it sounds a lot like how technology has been building upon itself. We didn’t go from the telegraph straight to the smartphone. It takes time and it takes a learning process to go from good to better to best. Our brains work the exact same way, slowly building upon foundations, step by step, improving itself.
This ties back into my inquiry project by way of brain games mentioned in previous posts. These games are designed to steadily increase brain function and are improving the mind the best way it is able to – “by steps organized or structured so that each one depends upon previous steps.” These activities measure and gauge the level you’re at and make stepping stones to reach goals you can achieve. If technology can take you down a notch, it can certainly help bring you back up a couple.
This simple observation of the way the brain learns is important because it is essential to the rehabilitation of the overworked or under worked brain. Overuse of technology can stress our brains out, while use of mechanical aids such as calculators can render our brains inadequate in times of need where we do not have access to the necessary technology.

EDIT: I feel as though Jamie’s post related a lot back to mine. The paragraph she chose mentioned how “…break down a large problem in such a way that the human being can walk through it with his little steps, and it is the structure or organization of these little steps or actions that we discuss as process hierarchies.” I think this almost directly coincides with the human brain needing to learn step by step, as a gradual process. Jamie mentioned how the same process works for the creation of online games that use humans to create human images and their movements on the screen. Slowly but surely, game designers and engineers put together the duo of visual and keyboard/joystick movements, once again thanks to man-machine components used to recreate virtual humans.
Lina’s post also relates back to mind because she breaks down the learning or building process into more narrowed terms using her nugget. Engelbart describes four augmentation classes, an Lina puts them together to describe how we create new ideas and turn them into inventions. Without artifacts, language, methodology and training to guide these processes, I do not think we would be where we are at today.
Perez’s post brought her back to Pandora. What if music, man, and machine could be one? Well, in order for this to ever happen, we must go back to the beginning and realize that this will not happen as quick as we may want it too. It requires patience and diligence and gradual baby steps, just as my nugget recommends.