Humans have began to relegate many the functions we used to do manually to machines. Today, we no longer need to read piles and piles of books for research – just go to Google and you’ll find everything you need.
In this article for Aeon, author Gene Tracey discusses the implications of forgetting basic skills. He also discusses how our societies could be affected in the long term as we rely on computers to become our primary memory partners. Tracey says that while it is important for us to forget the old ways in order to free up resource for learning new things, it is important that we are able to access older forms of knowledge when we need them.
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