September 21, 2005

Redefining Intelligence

c|net has posted "Intelligence in the Internet Age," a look at shifting definitions of what it means to be intelligent in the age of ubiquitous information. Lots of useful perspectives from (intelligent) people like Doug Englebart, Vint Cerf, and Jeff Hawkins (and Seneca, who, as you might guess, comes off as sort of a Luddite).

"It's true we don't remember anything anymore, but we don't need to," said Hawkins, the co-founder of Palm Computing and author of a book called "On Intelligence."

"We might one day sit around and reminisce about having to remember phone numbers, but it's not a bad thing. It frees us up to think about other things. The brain has a limited capacity, if you give it high-level tools, it will work on high-level problems," he said.

Given my own brain's extremely limited capacity, I've moved myself firmly into the "I know everything; I just keep it out there on the Web so I can recall it as needed" camp.

[via Boing Boing]

Posted by johndanseven at September 21, 2005 02:36 PM