“We would like the Dynabook to have the flexibility and
generality of this second kind of item, combined with tools
which have the power of the first kind. Thus a great deal of
effort has been put into providing both endless possibilities
and easy tool-making through the Smalltalk programming
I know another type of book that has a lot of flexibility in its abilities – my Chromebook. My interpretation of this nugget directly correlates with the many uses of technology. Lets take a computer for an example. You can write papers, create presentations, do your taxes, design a website, make videos, etc. There are many uses of today’s technology. If technology has the power to cause changes in brain chemistry and lax brain function, it also has the ability to help reverse these effects via brain games that can be programmed into our computers, downloaded, or accessed through the internet.
Just like the intended flexibility of the Dynabook, technology can be both our downfall and our fortune. The key is to use all aspects in moderation.
EDIT: Morganne’s post mentions how the consistency of our technology is important. I think this goes hand in hand with my post about flexibility of technology. We could also add the fluidity and domino effect technology and the internet has. This entire recipe makes for some advanced gadgets that we should keep an eye on and refrain from every now and again.
Mahsa’s post talks about the intense integration of computer systems in our lives today. From homework to social media, use of the internet and the technology associated with it has become an extreme. Her post only proves that we must take time out to rejuvenate and repair the brain.
Lina’s post brings up various social media sites that correspond with the flexibility of the Dynabook, as well as my own post. Whereas Lina can utilize the flexibility of technology to create, share, and promote music, I can utilize the flexibility of technology to promote brain repair and strengthening.
“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.
Although I choose to go solo on my inquiry project, I will take what I have learned from others’ projects and bring them together in my own project.
I want to research what types of technology have significant influences on brain function. I want to see what man himself has created that can change his own brain chemistry. I also would like to see the proof behind brain games created to rejuvenate and even improve brain function, leading to that same man made creation rehabilitating our brains.
My project differs from others because I want to combine biology and technology together to see how they effect each other. I prefer to do this alone just because of my own time constraints.
“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.
Well, here goes nothing:
Could #technology be the reason for #mental #decline as well as provide a way to #improve #brainfunction?
Can #cognitivescience and #neuroscience prove that #braingames such as #luminosity can #improve our #intellectual #machinery using #technological #machinery?
Could the drastic increase of only #technology use in the future be considered an #appliedscience or will we become #man-machine cyborgs?
I believe these are some of the better terms to research because they bring large, broad ideas to a head. Everything from the brain, to science, to computers all leads back to the same point which can bring different perspectives, ideas, and attitudes to the project.