Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Google at 20: How a Search Engine Became a Literal Extension of Our Minds


We are losing our minds to Google. After 20 years, Google's products have become integrated into our everyday lives, altering the very structure of our cognitive architecture, and our minds have expanded out into cyberspace as a consequence.


This is not science fiction, but an implication of what's known as the "extended mind thesis," a widely accepted view in philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.

Make no mistake about it, this is a seismic shift in human psychology, probably the biggest we have ever had to cope with, and one that is occurring with breathtaking rapidity. Google, after all, is just 20 years old this month. But although this shift has some good consequences, there are some deeply troubling issues we urgently need to address.