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The Internet of Us Free read Ú 106 õ ☁ [PDF / Epub] ☀ The Internet of Us By Michael Patrick Lynch ✎ – We used to say seeing is believing; now googling is believing With 247 access to nearly all of the world's information at our fingertips we no longer trek to the library or the encyclopedia shelf in s We We used to say seeing is believing now googling is believing With access to nearly all of the world's information at our fingertips we no longer The Internet Epubtrek to the library or the encyclopedia shelf in search of answers We just open our browsers type in a few keywords and wait for the information to come to us Indeed the Internet has revolutionized the way we learn and know as well as how we interact with each other And yet this explosion of technological innovation has also produced a curious paradox even as we know we seem to understand lessWhile a wealth of literature has been devoted to life with the Internet the deep philosophical implications of this seismic shift have not been properly explored. 12More about epistemology than technology per se Rather politically correct but par for the course for mainstream 'academic lite' books Some interesting remarks on epistemology but if you're interested in that better to pick up 'Epistemology A Beginner's Guide' which is much better than the Very Short Introduction entry of the same For the technology read 'Data and Goliath' by Schneier

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Until now Demonstrating that knowledge based on reason plays an essential role in society and that there is much to “knowing” than just acuiring information leading philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch shows how our digital way of life makes us overvalue some ways of processing information over others and thus risks distorting what it means to be humanWith far reaching implications Lynch's argument charts a path from Plato's cave to Shannon's mathematical theory of information to Google Glass illustrating that technology itself isn't the problem nor is it the solution Instead it will be the way in which we adapt our minds to these new tools that will ultimately decide whether or not the Internet of Things all. The ease of Google searches leads to our subtly devaluing other ways of knowing Like our love affair with the automobile leads us to overvalue one way to get where we are going We lose sight that we can reach our destinations in other ways which have significant value on their own

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The Internet of UsThose gadgets on our wrists in our pockets and on our laps will be a net gain for humanity Along the way Lynch uses a philosopher's lens to examine some of the most urgent issues facing digital life today including how social media is revolutionizing the way we think about privacy why a greater reliance on Wikipedia and Google doesn't necessarily make knowledge democratic and the perils of using big data alone to predict cultural trendsPromising to modernize our understanding of what it means to be human in the digital age The Internet of Us builds on previous works by Nicholas Carr James Gleick and Jaron Lanier to give us a necessary guide on how to navigate the philosophical uagmire that is the Information Ag. This is a lot like Too Big to Know Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts Experts Are Everywhere and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room except from a much philosophical point of view In fact I wouldn't recommend this for anyone who doesn't have at least a passing familiarity with philosophy Mine is only as an amateur and I had to stretch to understand Lynch's references and some of the terminology and idea shorthandOther than that it's very similar to the other book I mentioned arguing that in the era of the Internet we know facts but we understand relationships and how things work less than previous generations particularly when it comes to real life experience There is also discussion of privacy and autonomy that I could not get very excited about although Lynch's points are worth ponderingAs with the other book I don't find Lynch convincing either I don't think it's true that we know and understand less Okay yes maybe the ratio of what we know to what we understand has shifted in favor of knowing but I would argue that what we understand has not shrunk in absolute terms It's probably grown too just not as much And nowhere does Lynch compare the rate of growth in both ways In any case I find it strange to complain that we sacrifice understanding to knowing For one thing knowing facts is necessary to understanding so there's a dependency there And to use Lynch's example of how we just use massive amounts of data to recognize realities maybe we understand less because we see that what we used to understand isn't actually as true as we thought it wasThe case I can think of where Lynch might be right in terms of how the Internet may cause us to know and understand less is where we spend all our spare time experiencing the news discussions and cat videos that the Internet has to offer without taking time to think about what we've encountered I've reached this point before and maybe others keep going where I stopped regularly checking some of those sites that were eating my time goodbye cnncom and howstuffworkscom The funny thing is Lynch never uses that example Also it was certainly very possible before the Internet I think this is the core complaint about television and I have to be careful to take time to think about what I read instead of merely plowing through it These book reviews are part of how I make sure to think about what I readAs far as understanding less about the real world I think Lynch has it wrong two ways people don't understand less about the real world because of the Internet People may be spending time online and less doing other stuff but they still have hobbies which don't directly involve the Internet I think the existence of SO MANY specialized online communities for any kind of activity you can imagine comics windsurfing the DIY movement and home science experiments and even that you can't bronies and we'll leave it at that shows people are doing stuff and understanding plenty The other way Lynch has it wrong is that he looks down on the Internet as a fake world And yet a LOT that goes on there IS just as real now Keeping up with my cousins' posts on Facebook doesn't weaken my relationship with them for example I wouldn't have kept up with them any better otherwise and knowing some of what they've been up to helps me start conversations with them when we do get togetherLynch's last core argument and almost everyone else's about why the Internet is bad is because so many people don't listen to reason online and they're able to form support groups of like minded others Although people's opinions may becoming extreme and entrenched because of the Internet I think it was going on almost as much before It just wasn't as visible especially if you didn't get outside your own social groups once in a while Lynch at least recognizes this could be the case This particular complaint may be disappointment that the Internet has not caused man to reach his potential for reason the way everyone hoped