After reading the Chapter "Ambient Awareness" in Clive Thompson's Smarter Than You Think, I was honestly surprised that there was a chapter like this in the book. Thompson's book, in my opinion, covers a lot of ground and I wasn't really expecting to read anything about group work. The quote that appears: "Ambient awareness also endows us with new, sometimes startling abilities. When groups of people "think aloud" in this lightweight fashion, they can perform astonishing acts of collaborative cognition" (Thompson 212-3). I honestly am a big believer in group collaboration, but at the same time sometimes I am hesitant to share my ideas with others especially in the form of social media networking. Technology has made it easier for people to talk about their ideas with a large audience and this is something that Thompson's other chapter "Digital School" focuses on too. In one of my classes at Clemson, we are required to post things on a Facebook group about random things we find that are relevant to our class discussions, and I think this is a great example of ambient awareness. I have never really been required to use Facebook for school before, but it has surprisingly been very helpful. I like hearing what my peers think and a lot of what they sometimes inspires me to research something new, or get a new approach on a foreign topic. I think overall this chapter really pinned down what the central significance with this is.