There is a fear by many, Mr. Keller included, that these devices will wipe out our ability to remember and force us to become dependent on the virtual world. Luckily for us humans, our brains do not work this way. Research shows that the human brain is capable of adapting to new technologies in less than a week, irrelevant of age or intellect.
As I’ve written in the past, Maryanne Wolf, the director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts, points out that our brains were never even designed to read. This “technology” is something that we have to train our brains to do.
In the same way that we hack our brains to read, we are not going to flush away our powers of memory by adopting tomorrow’s technologies.
Let’s say I was designing a new piece of software to make my life as a writer a little easier. First, I’d program it count how many characters I’d typed out and in what amount of time, in order to document my productivity on any given day. Then I’d ask it to compare words, phrases, sentences and entire paragraphs from one draft to the next, in order to calculate how much of what I’d written had changed…or stayed the same.
How crazy cool is it that I’ve been able to text with my baby sister all through the labor for her first child? From the moment she texted me that she was being induced - while I was 1500 miles away on a bike ride this afternoon - to my kids sending her good luck kisses via SMS - to me checking in with her a few minutes ago at 1:45am CT - she’s 5 cm & LUVs my epi reco - I’ve had unprecedented but not overbearing access to my lil’ sis’s labor. How #dope is that? Oh and technology played MAJOR roles in the healthy births of both of my bebes & the newest member of our familia - who should be here when I wake up for breakfast. Technology is insanely wonderful.