Friday, March 21, 2014

Technology and Culture

"Cognitive computing is smashing our conception of ‘ground truth’"

This article on the place and limitations of technology makes for interesting reading. It also provides much food for thought. 

There is general agreement that the tools we create also reshape our brains. The more we depend on smart machines for cognitive functions like computing and drawing conclusions, the less we use on our brains for these functions, and the less capable our brains become. It usually takes time for this decline to come to light.

If this is true, it will also apply to doctors. So it may appear contradictory that we should rely on the assurance high tech gives us, but want to believe doctors will primarily rely on their brains for thinking and use their machines as tools.