In eruption of Mount Toba. He explains that

    In the article, “Get Smarter”, written by Jamais Cascio, he makes the point to his audience that they must change, evolve, and “get smarter”. In the beginning of the article, Cascio begins by mentioning the eruption of Mount Toba. He explains that this eruption created an unforgiving environment that forced people living in it to evolve. He goes on to explain that the people evolved by becoming smarter and concludes the statement by applying this point to our modern life. Cascio explains on the chance that life becomes an unforgiving place to be in the future, humans must survive by becoming more intelligent. He states however, that people no longer have wait for “evolution” to take its course. Instead, people can simply evolve through technology. He enforces this statement by explaining that this process has already begun by mentioning several examples such as: the internet and science. Cascio goes on to discuss the rise of technology and how it has benefited us humans. Later, Cascio addresses the concerns of fellow writer, Nicholas Carr, and his article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Carr’s main argument is that people have inherited “continuous partial attention,” or a sense of having too much activity occurring at once. (Cascio 96)  Cascio argues that this disorder is merely a temporary side effect and that the tools to combat this problem have only just taken form and in the future, people will become much more efficient at gathering information. Additionally, Cascio believes that because of the constant changing state of technology, people should be discouraged from trying to “update” themselves because they’re worried of becoming outdated. Instead, Cascio encourages people to utilize “external technology” so that the technology they use is still beneficial and replaceable when further advancements have been created. (Cascio 97)Response: In the article, “Get Smarter”, Jamais Cascio makes the point to his readers that they must change and “get smarter”. He discusses his predictions about humanity and how we will adapt around certain issues in the future. When Cascio addresses the arguments created by writer Nicholas Carr, he states, “We’ll move from a world of “continuous partial attention” to one we might call “continuous augmented software.” (Cascio 97) By creating this setting, people will become competitive in any given scenario because they will believe they are smarter, faster, and more resourceful, with the tools that they have. One point that I do not agree with however, is Cascio’s argument to use drugs to help our brains.  According to Cascio, the drug “modafinil”, (Cascio 98) allows him to stay awake for up to 32 hours, needing only 24 hours to get back to his normal sleep schedule. People simply do not know what the long-term effects of these drugs would be on the body. I am concerned that these drugs would have some addictive properties. I believe that scientists must do more research into this concept before we can suggest something like this. “The implication was clear: everybody’s doing it, and if you’re not, you’re probably falling behind” (Cascio 98) A point of thought that I agree with is that instead of solely relying on artificial intelligence, we could keep it as tool to help us with our daily lives. As Cascio says, “…the same advances in processor and process that would produce a machine mind would also increase the power of our own cognitive-enhancement technologies.” (Cascio 100) For example, Cascio uses Twitter as an example of a program learning what kinds of content you are interested in and what you tend to ignore. Cascio states that the filters the program creates can help us focus even more as all the content we are seeing is useful, rather than us having to sift through piles of garbage in order to find something of interest. Later on, Cascio states that while these advances in technology seem quite bizarre to us, in just a few generations, this will all seem like part of the norm. In the future, most of Carr’s concerns will be solved, as we will have been able to figure out how to process enormous amounts of information while being focused. The world is constantly changing and we must adapt along with it. I do believe that technology is creating its own footnote in history. However, as Cascio says, “we could always be one step ahead” (Cascio 100)


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