Nye 10

One thing technology has clearly given us is more information--is this always a good thing?
the fog of information can drive out knowledge
A different point I don't want you to miss in this chapter: technology comes to seem natural to us (p. 188-190)
Nye focuses first on the problems of too much information:
What are some of the problems of so much information?
multitasking cartoon
Communication has taken away our ability to be alone or focus just on one thing
The argument against multitasking:

Living with too much information

Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the world wide web, thinks more information is a good thing.  He wrote a book titled: Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web.  He says he:
cartoon--no one knows you are a dog
People like Berners-Lee who saw the internet as a new world sometimes used the slogan: "information just wants to be free"
other people see reasons to restrict information:

example: medical information
top fears2016 fear survey
Do we have too much information? Or, better, how does it change how society works when information is much more available

Benefits

Look further at privacy issues. 
privacy cartoon
What right to privacy do we have?

What can we do to protect our own privacy?  What information do we choose to share, to what extent can we limit sharing?

Some people say young people are no longer concerned about privacy

The internet is only the most recent of a long series of technologies that were seen initially as bringing us into a new world, but we get used to them and they are no longer a big deal

But is it a potential problem that our world is becoming increasingly artificial?
Other issues:
the computer Hal
              from 2001: A Space Odyssey


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