Mark Parenksy and Brain Gain Technology Dangers [Chapter 7]
42 views | +0 today
Follow
Mark Parenksy and Brain Gain Technology Dangers [Chapter 7]
This chapter of "Brain Gain" is entitled "Are There Real Dangers? What Should We Be Wary Of?". Parenksy outlines 10 dangers we face with the evolution of the newest technology. However, Parensky is quick to point out "yet, as with fire, these dangers must always be balanced carefully against the positives" [Parensky chapter 7]. It's all about making the right trade-offs!
Curated by Kara Berger
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Kara Berger
Scoop.it!

Danger #1: Manipulation

Danger #1: Manipulation | Mark Parenksy and Brain Gain Technology Dangers [Chapter 7] | Scoop.it
The dangers of perceived manipulation for brands using Facebook, Twitter and other social media and lessons learned from real world networking by Red Bull
Kara Berger's insight:

Parensky states that we should "keep our guard up about people using technology to persuade us".  Companies use our personal information to persuade us, to make us want to buy a certain product, or click on a certain link. Is Facebook, Google, and others are collecting our personal information to create a manipulative marketing plan catered to our personal lives? If so, are consumers conscious of this change in marketing?

more...
Ben Hageman's comment, June 5, 2013 10:38 PM
A great example of this would be logging into this particular web-page. Scoop.it is free, now give us all your information, your tweets, who you follow, and allow us to tweet for you...etc.
Melissa Claus's comment, June 9, 2013 1:49 PM
I do believe companies do this but I also feel it has been going on for year, now just being enhanced by technology.
Kate's comment, June 10, 2013 8:46 AM
Kara, I just wanted to comment that I really enjoyed this Scoop,it! magazine style Web page. Talk about bells and whistles! I think that students would really like how information is "chunked," and you can get so many interesting things packed into a small space. I'm al little intimidated to try it out, but I really think this platform is awesome. High-interest and interactive. Thanks for sharing it!
Scooped by Kara Berger
Scoop.it!

Danger #3: Missing the Inherent Biases in Technology

Danger #3: Missing the Inherent Biases in Technology | Mark Parenksy and Brain Gain Technology Dangers [Chapter 7] | Scoop.it
Kara Berger's insight:


In this section, Marc Prensky references Douglas Rushkoff's book "Program or Be Programmed: 10 Commandments of the Digital Age".  According to Rushkoff, there are several biases we must be aware of as digital consumers.  A few of these biases include a "bias away from continuous time" (on the internet), "a bias toward facts and reality", a "bias toward openness" (i.e.theft of music), and "a bias toward those with the capacity to write the code".  What do you think?  Have you ever experienced any of these biases?  Were you conscious of them at the time?

more...
Ben Hageman's comment, June 5, 2013 10:40 PM
The one that bothers me is the "bias toward facts and reality." Online, anyone can be a journalist and expert. I think that much of the ethics in journalism have taken a hit in the race to be the first to publish.
OHHS History Dept's comment, June 6, 2013 2:36 PM
Bias is dangerous- we have a number of idiots feeding other idiots with myopic, ethnocentric, idiotic, ignorant views.... from both sides.
Scooped by Kara Berger
Scoop.it!

Danger #5: Outsourcing via Technology

Danger #5: Outsourcing via Technology | Mark Parenksy and Brain Gain Technology Dangers [Chapter 7] | Scoop.it
Kara Berger's insight:

For the last several years, we have outsourced much of what humans used to do with the latest technologies and machinery.  Why have a human make calculations when you have a computer to do it for you?  Parensky argues that although outsourcing via technology will more than likely continue, it will never replace the decision making and problem solving abilities of humans. What do you think?  Are we preparing our students for this shift of outsourcing (which of course the world is already experiencing)? 

more...
Christian Long's comment, June 9, 2013 6:09 PM
I feel like outsourcing is an issue that many are quite simply afraid of. We wonder if technology will get a point where it can do the job better than we can. Will we advance technology so much that our need for human interaction will be to a minimum? I sure hope not! I think by preparing our students to be ready to adapt with change and learning ideas they can adapt for any situation they are in is what will be suit them in the future. The best we can do is plan for what we know and hope for what we don't!
Kate's comment, June 9, 2013 10:24 PM
I envision the future as humans continuing to be increasingly machine-enhanced, but humans are still at the helm.
Scooped by Kara Berger
Scoop.it!

Danger #7: Becoming Addicted and "Amusing Ourselves to Death"

Video about technology addicition such as
Kara Berger's insight:

Parensky recognizes this danger and argues that there are 2 types of addictions: a metaphorical addiction and a clinical addiction.  Many who we might identify as "addicted" to technology most likely fall into this category.  Many of us are addicted to technology like others might be addicted to sweets or to reading.  It's a healthy relationship that enhances our lives, usually.  


Often those people who suffer from a more clinical addiction to technology, Parensky argues, are addicted not because of technology itself, but due more so to other factors, like stress.  What about you? Would you consider yourself addicted to technology, and if so would you consider yourself addicted in a clinical or metaphorical sense (if you dare to admit it)?

more...
OHHS History Dept's comment, June 6, 2013 2:32 PM
Most clinical addictions are due to other issues- so addiction to technology can happen when people use it as an escape from reality, or a negative way to deal with stress. Can i live without technology...mmm, I really love my DVR and reading my newspaper online- it has become a daily habit, not to mention using my apps for traveling or in my life as an educator- I am addicted to using the net in my teaching! I dont know what I would do?
Kate's comment, June 9, 2013 10:38 PM
This conversation reminds me of Sherry Turkle's observations that young people seem anxious and a bit lost when they are not constantly checking social media. With kids spending between 90 minutes and three hours on facebook daily, you do begin to wonder if addiction is playing a part in the behavior. Is that much time on social media a good thing, and what are the opportunity costs of that much time spent on this activity?
Scooped by Kara Berger
Scoop.it!

Danger #9: Annihilation

Danger #9:  Annihilation | Mark Parenksy and Brain Gain Technology Dangers [Chapter 7] | Scoop.it
Kara Berger's insight:

With digital wisdom comes the definite danger of technology destroying life all together. Think nuclear bomb threats, world wars, etc. Is it possible the militaries of world could reach that point of technological advancement where countries could potentially destroy each other?


more...
OHHS History Dept's comment, June 6, 2013 2:29 PM
(andy) With drone technology and globalization of our military, not to mention the cyber warfare taking place on a daily basis- ww3 could be fought from behind a computer screen.
Rescooped by Kara Berger from marked for sharing
Scoop.it!

Marc Prensky ISTE Interview 2012

Marc Prensky discusses his latest book "Brain Gain" and his thoughts on technology and education.

Via Helena Capela
Kara Berger's insight:

Check it out!  

more...
Melissa Claus's comment, June 9, 2013 1:52 PM
Thanks for sharing! Also I loved how you setup your chapter summary.
Scooped by Kara Berger
Scoop.it!

Danger #2: Possible Side Effects?

Danger #2:  Possible Side Effects? | Mark Parenksy and Brain Gain Technology Dangers [Chapter 7] | Scoop.it
Kara Berger's insight:

Many argue that the use of some technologies could have many negative (or positive) side effects which have yet to be discovered.  Does holding your cell phone to your ear on a daily bases and over many years cause cancer?  Could blasting your iphone up to the highest volume setting while wearing your ear buds cause unintended consequences? Will the brains of our children, who are exposed to technology at birth, function any differently than ours? 

more...
Andrea Carovillano's comment, June 5, 2013 5:33 PM
It is a scary notion to know that we have no idea the physical outcomes of our latest advances. I think that many of these outcomes are starting to show, for example, yes blasting your music directly into your head can cause hearing loss, but we will just have to wait to see what will happen 10 years from now, 20 years, and so on.
OHHS History Dept's comment, June 6, 2013 2:37 PM
I know one thing- this generation will all be nearsighted and develop carpal tunnel syndrome, or arthritis in their hands...
Melissa Claus's comment, June 9, 2013 1:51 PM
It seems like everyday something new comes out that will harm you. We can't live are lives scared of everything so I say, embrace technology. On a side note, if it is harmful to your health we will all be in the same boat together!
Scooped by Kara Berger
Scoop.it!

Danger #4: Forgetting the Past and Its Lessons

Danger #4: Forgetting the Past and Its Lessons | Mark Parenksy and Brain Gain Technology Dangers [Chapter 7] | Scoop.it
Kara Berger's insight:

Several lessons of yesterday seem on some ways obsolete in today's world.  Some may say this is an unfortunate consequence of technology.  For example, one of the best business practices of yesterday was face-to face t-me and one-on-one conversations with clients.  However, is this always the best practice in this age?  Is there a time and place where Skype or a text is more appropriate?  


There is also the advice or grandparents gave is, to stay at one job and get really good at it, and retire doing this same job as an expert in your field. Is this practical in today's world, or with the technology advancements of today is this notion even practical?


more...
Jay Phillips's comment, June 11, 2013 11:28 AM
I have been actually thinking about this very topic a lot when going through these eLearning courses. I worry that with technology providing us instant access to any information we need to know including events from our past, will students lose sight of the importance of knowing history and how it often times is the best indicator of the future. I feel like history in schools is already becoming the red headed step child in these times of financial instability in education. That is a very scary thought.
Dion Reyes's comment, June 11, 2013 3:11 PM
I think that it is not longer possible to do everything that was done in the past. For instance, if you are looking at our economy right now, many companies are trying to save money and a simple way to do this globally is to have meetings via video. I'm not saying that we need to abandon it completely but it is less necessary than it has ever been before.
Dion Reyes's comment, June 11, 2013 3:12 PM
Sorry it cut off. I still think you can keep the same job your whole life. Now it is becoming less frequent based on the job but it is possible.
Scooped by Kara Berger
Scoop.it!

Danger #6: Letting Our Current Capabilities Atrophy

Danger #6:  Letting Our Current Capabilities Atrophy | Mark Parenksy and Brain Gain Technology Dangers [Chapter 7] | Scoop.it
Kara Berger's insight:

Is technology ruining our ability to do certain tasks that we used to do well, but now technology does it for us?  The more we communicate online, the more some say we are losing our abilities to communicate effectively in person.  Can you think of any other examples of technology atrophy we are experiencing as a society? 

more...
Andrea Carovillano's comment, June 5, 2013 5:35 PM
I think our abilities to do math are atrophying. Most people over the age of 15 use calculators for even basic math. In one of Prensky's other chapters, he argues that we should spend less time on teaching math since our machines can do it for us...but that will not make our brains wiser. The less we can do for ourselves, the worse off we will be.
OHHS History Dept's comment, June 6, 2013 2:34 PM
I agree with Andrea- we should still understand the process. Giving kids calcs in 2nd grade is horrible- they will have no number fluency and true understanding. Its like telling a doctor not to bother learning about the body, just rely on the book when it is time for surgery. We need to understand how things work- especially math!
Scooped by Kara Berger
Scoop.it!

Danger #8: Becoming "Less Human"?

Danger #8:  Becoming "Less Human"? | Mark Parenksy and Brain Gain Technology Dangers [Chapter 7] | Scoop.it
Kara Berger's insight:

Is it possible to "outsource our mind to technology"?  Parensky challenges this question by bringing up the valid point that it would be impossible to match any technology with the diversity that exists with the human race.  Parensky recognizes this fear, but argues that perhaps with the right technology we will actually become "more human".  What do you think?  Could technology one day replace YOU?   

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Kara Berger
Scoop.it!

Danger #10: Machines "Taking Us Over"

Danger #10:  Machines "Taking Us Over" | Mark Parenksy and Brain Gain Technology Dangers [Chapter 7] | Scoop.it
Kara Berger's insight:

Could technology at some point rule the world?  Could it completely take over the need for humans?  Parensky argues that it can, and in some aspects it most definitely will.  However, will technology ever fill the need for companionship?  Will technology ever feel emotions like humans?  The possibility cannot be completely dismissed.

more...
Christian Long's comment, June 9, 2013 6:10 PM
Technology taking the place for companionship? I don't see it happening. Way to Terminator for me.