Are Smart Phones Making Us Dumb? - Vint Cerf

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/01/07/Whats_Next_with_the_Internet_Vint_Cerf_Looks_Ahead "Father of the Internet" Vint Cerf argues that smart phones and other mobile technology will not make people less intelligent. "It reminds me of the guy that complained about the invention of writing," he explains. "He said people would no longer remember anything 'cause they could just write it down." ----- Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, is the person most often called "the father of the Internet." His contributions have been recognized repeatedly, with honorary degrees and awards that include the National Medal of Technology, the Turing Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Churchill Club catches up with Cerf to hear his take on what new opportunities and services today's ever-faster Internet technologies will spawn and what may stand in their way. Cerf is interviewed by Jessica Vascellaro, tech reporter for The Wall Street Journal. - Churchill Club Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world. Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award, sometimes called the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science," in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. In November 2005, President George Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their work. The medal is the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens.

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Joe Jack: critical thinking isn't taught in school, then a child gets a phone at like 10 to 13 and already cant think critically when are they going to learn this? don't forget parents become less of thier children's lives by the day.

Aman Singh Baghel: I'm agree with you Zack but most likely to say that country like India which is developing still so need of literacy I think these smartphones makes us smart easily access to think is so easy no need to carry such analog data with all the time

mark1952able: I don't buy his analogy with writing......

EmilySPA: He's glib: He deflected the question with the old "lots-of-stuff-on-the-net-is-inaccurate" line and never really addressed it. It's clear he hasn't thought deeply on this.
And btw the advent of writing •did• have a profound effect on oral and cognitive memory. The upside was certainly better, but how nice it would have been if the father of the Internet were a little more reflective on our new external brains.

Anime Angel: I believe that there is an epidemic of being addicted to technology. Just two days ago, I saw a few kids at the mall, not talking to one another and having their faces in the phone. In my neighborhood, I barely see any kids playing outside like when I was a kid. So basically kids are becoming addicted at an early age.

And there's also the stress of technology as well. People worry more about what's on Social Media than in real life. I have to admit to myself that I'm addicted to my phone and I hate that. I actually used to do really well in school and I barely passed high school because of it.

Then there's the problem of identity theft online. No matter if you encrypt all your files, hackers will always evolve and find a way to crack them. So for people who do online banking, I suggest you stop now unless you want to be the next target.

That is all

republic.right: check the women on the white phone shooting video

Daniel Turner: The man answering the question obviously works with some aspect of the cell phone industry

Ara Cortez: every time humanity takes a step foward with technology it takes a step back with humanity it self...we think we are advance because we have gadgets but in reality we are forgetting basic human survival tecniques if we were to face a deadly global event....the most advance human is not the one that can type on a screen but the one tha can build shelter and gather food with basic human instincs

Valeron: Smartphone lifespan 1-3 years; Book lifespan 1-100 years;

Erza Sakura: i use my smart phone to play games that's it am not lazy

Abby Calfo: I agree with you Zack, smart phones are taking away our interest in learning because we no longer need to store information. It's easy enough for us to look it up and then immediately forget it.

Zack Grady: that last one was me by the way sarah, ashley, and abby

ProphsofMusGenofDes: I agree with the statement that yes, smart phones might be helping us be lazy in our day to day lives. When we have the world of information at our fingertips we don't feel the need to actually learn anything. If anything it is making us dumb by taking away the eagerness to learn and explore. Also a good point with what Vint was saying was that you can't really trust everything that's on the internet, if anything, but when people see it online they believe it must be true. Common sense.

Sarah Kolbe: Abby maybe they aren't really making us dumb, they are just making us lazy instead? Its just much easier for us to obtain information quicker then before.

ashley salerno: Abby, you are simply ignoring all the amazing things that technology has brought to the table for the future of our generation. People do think about things, however, now they have easier ways to access them rather than searching through hard copies of information to do so.

Abby Calfo: I think Smart Phones ARE making us dumb. People no longer feel the need to retain information because it is always at their fingertips. I feel like I can't even go a day without asking a question and hearing someone say "I don't know, Google it". I think phones need to take it back to the basics so people will THINK about things instead of relying on their phones to spit out information.

anomalyluna: Of course this Vint Cerf guy doesn't think this technology is making people dumb, he works for google. Nothing better than being in a conversation with someone and then they pull out their phone and start screwing around on it. Rude as hell.

Miss Heathen: Exactly! This guys comment should be up at the top too! While at the same time useful, people are putting too much faith in technology, evolving backwards. The film WALL•E was a good example (a satirical one of course).

workingclasssociety: people are losing memory and cognitive abilities. They are growing dependent on the gadgets.

AndersonSacco: People cant remember phone numbers and directions and have shorter attention spans.I can only blame cell phones.

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