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Future Minds: How the Digital Age is Changing Our Minds, Why This Matters and What We Can Do About It by Richard Watson

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Chapter 3Thinking About Thinking

“In your heads must still be the remnant of a brain. In yourhearts must still be the desire to be a human being again.”

Patrick McGoohan, The Prisoner

It has become fashionable to argue that the box of bits known as the human brain is like a complex machine. Specifically, the brain is like a computer and the mind is its software or operating system. Since the internet (supposedly a kind of brain that links people and ideas) is every year doubling in size, it will soon surpass human intelligence and eventually become self-aware. This will inevitably consign human beings to the wastebasket of history. If this happens it won’t happen overnight, but some people are already placing bets as to when it will. The futurist ...

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