Author Nicholas Carr in conversation with Google's Peter Norvig.
Introduction by INFORUM President Josh McHugh.
Carr writes: "Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski," in his Atlantic Monthly cover story, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"
He shares his theory on the Internet as the culprit against civilization's progress, making the case that the it has diminished our ability to think deeply.
Nicholas Carr writes about technology and culture. He is the author of the acclaimed new book The Glass Cage: Automation and Us (2014), which examines the personal and social consequences of our ever growing dependency on computers. His previous work, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (2011), was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller. A former columnist for the Guardian, Carr writes the popular blog Rough Type and has written for The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Wired, Nature, MIT Technology Review, and other periodicals. His essays, including “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” and “The Great Forgetting,” have been collected in several anthologies. Previously, Carr was executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, as well as a member of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s editorial board of advisors and the steering board of the World Economic Forum’s cloud computing project.
Peter Norvig is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery, previously Director of Search Quality at Google.
Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows, asserts that the kind of intensive, repetitive activity people engage in online encourages a culture of short attention spans and easy distraction. "There's no reward for the more attentive modes of thought," says Carr.
Author Nicholas Carr responds to a question about the broader societal effects of a culture rewired with short attention spans and an inability to think deeply. "We face a culture that is flatter, and not as vibrant," says Carr.
Will the future be void of great works of art and rich culture?