July 28th, 2010
This week on Business Matters we’re exploring the ways that the saturation of technology is changing our very nature. We’ll find out how our minds are being shaped by our changing relationship with information and what the evolutionary implications for the future will be. We’ll find out if the internet is shortening out attention spans, if Google is making us stupider, if we are programming ourselves out of creativity, and if anyone is really any good at multitasking.
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Nicholas Carr writes on the social, economic, and business implications of technology. He is the author of the 2008 Wall Street Journal bestseller The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, which is “widely considered to be the most influential book so far on the cloud computing movement,” according the Christian Science Monitor. His earlier book, Does IT Matter?, published in 2004, “lays out the simple truths of the economics of information technology in a lucid way, with cogent examples and clear analysis,” said the New York Times. His new book is: The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains.
Carr has written for many periodicals, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, The Financial Times, Die Zeit, The Futurist, and Advertising Age, and has been a columnist for The Guardian and The Industry Standard. His much-discussed essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid?,” which appeared as the cover story of the Atlantic Monthly’s Ideas issue in the summer of 2008, has been collected in three popular anthologies:The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The Best Technology Writing, and The Best Spiritual Writing. Carr has written a personal blog, Rough Type, since 2005.
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