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The title gives the wrong impression that the book will reveal how technology can unleash hidden intelligence. It should have been titled "Getting Smarter Through Technology." It requires action - finding the right technology to fill in your gaps in knowledge or skills. For example, students can learn math through the Khan Academy website - watch math videos and complete exercises. Students are learning complex subjects like algebra and calculus at much younger ages because they can find the resources to teach them those subjects. They no longer have to depend on teacher's curriculum and move with the entire class at the same pace. Also, Internet search engines have allowed us to find answers to the many curious thoughts and questions running through our heads. Obviously, technological advancements have eroded some skills. Just as the invention of writing had eroded the skill of memorization. Technology has shortened our attention span and diminished our writing skills. However, the benefits are enormous and invaluable to those make use of it.
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Although this author makes some good points about the transcendence of machines into humans, on the whole the book is badly thought-through. Granted, I did learn some things from this author, such as about the wearable computer used to document years of some peoples' lives, a year of tweets which could be used to create a book, and the crowd sourcing phenomenon, I don't need to hear this author's opinion about race relations in the United States. After all, he claims to be a native of Toronto. He puts down racial segregation in the US, although he does not appear to be aware of the issues inherent. After all, how many whites want to be killed in a black neighborhood? And there is very little substance to this book other than what I have already mentioned, despite the hype it received in reviews. In summary, most people who claim to be "smarter than you think" are usually lying about their "smarter" qualifications, be they academic or otherwise.
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