Today, the Internet provides most people with services and information. It has changed the way humans learn, communicate, and conduct everyday life. It has certainly caused an information overload, but is this overload good or bad?
Nicholas Carr's article "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" suggests that humans are not immersing themselves in reading and are becoming "stupid" because of Google. He believes that it has changed our way of thinking. I have to disagree with Mr. Carr because Google hasn't changed our way of thinking. We use "keyword" searches to find our goal, but isn't this analogous to the way the mind works? Certain patterns in our environment prime our memories to retrieve relevant data. This is exactly the same technique Google uses when returning search results. Granted Google's specific approach may be different than the mind's, but from a top-down perspective they are attempting to achieve the same process.
In my opinion, the Internet has led to a constructive information overload for the human mind. The brain is a highly parallel and distributed system which manages every aspect of human behavior. It requires information from the environment to learn and perform tasks. Without this information, the brain could not perform basic or "intelligent" processes. Logically, we can infer that with more information, the brain has more potential information to process. With more information to process, the brain is destined to become more "intelligent." Google has stated that its mission is "to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” To make this information useful, it has to be returned quickly, so if you want to read, grab a book! In summary, Google is providing our minds with more organized information. By providing humans with quick, organized information, Google increases human intelligence.