Expert: Smart Tech Is Making Us Dumb

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We know that smart phones and other information technology are changing the way we live and the way we relate to other people, but could they actually be making us dumber?

Brett Frischmann says they are, and that we should question the use of digital technology and surveillance.

“The ‘Internet of Things’ as is sold and marketed for venture capital and in the business community as inevitable -- we're just going down this path,” Frischmann told Living Lab Radio. “It's not inevitable. We can design and deploy technology differently. We can engineer systems differently. And I mean ‘engineer’ both technically but also socially.”

Frischmann, a professor at Villanova University, is the author with Evan Selinger of Re-engineering Humanity, a book that suggests our smart technologies are making us act “like simple machines.”

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