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Brain Faces Program

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In the first chapter of Smarter than you Think, Clive Thompson discusses the idea of humans and computers playing chess together and the effect that machinery has on human interaction. The machine will always outsmart the human, even with no intuition, but ultimately, the human could put an end to the machine and be the winner. The machine is not programmed to end the human, only to defeat it in chess. It brought to mind a really cute video I took of my foster puppies in their new home. The owners had a stuffed Santa Claus M&M that played "I'm Sexy and I Know It" and danced around.

The skill of Learning

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“Every new tool shapes the way we think, as well as what we think about.” (Thompson, 7). This quote from Thompson’s Smarter Than You Think was very profound to me. It shows that our minds are always seeping in new knowledge and are changing and shaping as time continues. It really makes me think of learning as a creative twist on an already exciting life. An example of this in my life is that when I read Shakespeare
I often start talking in rhythm on accident. My friends always call me on it, but it shows the effect the words have on my mind.
The world is a stage

How we try to capture memory

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As I was reading, We, The Memorious, I started to contemplate my own childhood. Unlike the family in the book, my parents did not capture my first step on film. My first words were not recorded, and in fact not even remembered. This made me think about my family and all of the memories I've shared with them throughout my life. I wish I could remember them all with pristine clarity, just like the few moments I caught on camera.
For example my little brother Robert, who is very photogenic.
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My little brother has grown up right in front of my eyes and the memories just keep piling up.

Memory and Capturing Moments

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As I was reading "Smarter Than You Think" a few of the things Clive Thompson really stuck with me. For example, he said "every new tool shapes the way we think, as well as what we think about". This quote really rang true to me because when I think about the things I appreciate in life, I often think "how can I take a picture of this for Instagram?" or "should I post this to my Facebook?". These new tools and technologies have changed the way I think about things while I'm in the situation because I want to document them for the world to see. I also start to think about social media during moments that I should be focusing on the present, which can be a bad trait of the new technology (and I'm definitely not one of the most social-media addicted people that I know).