Electronic Intelligence Versus Human Intelligence It seems that nowadays people pay too much attention to technological advancements that promote information and interpersonal communication. In The Poet and the Computer, Norman Cousins argues that the “problem of technology is not solely to be more productive and comfortable, more content, but how to be more sensitive, more sensible, more proportionate, more alive.” According to Cousins, the real problem of technology is whether it makes easier or harder for human to know who they are, to identify their real problems. From my point of view, although technology allows people to live easily and efficiently, it cannot inspire people’s imagination, nor can it enrich human spirit. Computers can help people access all the information they desire—new and old, however, as Cousins wrote, “electronic brains can reduce the profusion of dead ends involved in vital research, but they cannot eliminate the foolishness and decay that come from the unexamined life.” It is undeniable that computer made a huge progress in human proficiency, but it also has limitations. People cannot expect electronic brains to help them prevent failures, reflect failures in their lives. Electronic brains know how to decrease “the profusion of dead end”, but they never reflect those dead ends. Electronic brains are designed to provide the right answers. However, people should not only be satisfied with the results, but also the process. In Chinese schools, teachers often tell students that “ failure is the mother of success, you should not be afraid of making mistakes, but you have to learn something from failure, then to prevent it in the future.” Therefore, solely depending on technology can only solve issues at hand, being reflective and considerate is the key for human society to make progress. Computers can provide material to get people involved, but they do not identify with the real meaning of the information and stories that they produced. Many people believe that computers can provide the correct answers in the most convenient way. However, sometimes computers cannot process and analyze information to assist people in better understanding. It can also lead to a dead-ended search in some way. Consequently, it is impossible to expect technology to answer the questions that people are filled with. Computer cannot replace human intelligence because technology serves as a medium to assist people in gaining information all over the world. How to further develop the information and to apply it in real lives are the main concerns that need human inputs. Even though technology helps people overcome the obstacles of time and space, it cannot tap into human emotional field. As Cousin states in his article, “technology cannot connect a man to the things he has to be connected to—the reality of pain in others; the possibilities of creative growth in himself; the memory of the race; and the rights of the next generation.” In a “computerized time”, technology allows people to keep in touch anywhere any time, hence many people consider that social media such as Facebook and Twitter are appropriate for communication. Many of them even have become addicted to social networking. They spend hours looking through pictures, answering comments under each post, and chatting with different strangers. Because social networking is so distracting, people often forget to communicate in the most influential way, which is face-to-face communication. Facebook does affect face-to-face communication because it often takes the expression and emotion out of communication. The joy of actual seeing someone is crying or laughing is being taken away. A person can put his or her pictures of smiling faces on Facebook, but can others feel his or her emotion simply through that photo? People will become gradually disconnected if they spend too much time on social network rather than...
Cited: Cousins, Norman. "The poet and the computer." National Forum 69.2 (1989): 6+. Military and Intelligence Database Collection. Web. 1 Apr. 2014.
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