The thing that I loved most about the first chapter of Smarter Than You Think was when Clive Thompson was talking about man and computer working together. Instead of humans or computers being the best on their own, the best outcome came when the two were working together. "Which is smarter at chess-- humans or computers? Neither. Its the two together, working side by side."(page 5) I think that this harmony between us and technology is great and it is exactly where we are headed. I feel like everything I do has technology involved. For instance, (this might be odd but) I work at Starbucks and we have a warmer to heat up the pastries. I tell the warmer what the pastry is but then it knows what temperature and for how long to warm it. This is an example of how we interact and collaborate with technology on a daily basis.
The second chapter of Smarter Than You Think was about memories and talks about how Deb Roy put cameras around his house to document everything (which gave me a Paranormal Activity kind of feeling). It also talks about Gordon Bell who wears a camera and documents every single conversation, activity and interaction. I was curious about how the camera and audio recorder looked around his neck so here is a picture of Mr. Bell. I thought that they were going to be much bigger.
This whole chapter made me think of human memory in a different way. There were a few small phrases that I thought were beautiful and insightful: "The past is never dead. Its not even past" (page 23), "Memory isn't passive; its active" (page 26), and even the idea of the "hindsight bias" (page 27).