We’ve grown so used to the internet, that we scarcely recognize what a marvel it is — all of the world’s information, not only at our fingertips, but carried around with us in our pockets, accessible at a whim. As little as thirty or forty years ago, few could imagine such a breadth of information available to so many people. But does all that data floating around the ether make us any smarter?
Michael Patrick Lynch is a professor of philosophy and the director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut. Michael joins 8 O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing to discuss his latest book, the Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data is out now in hardcover and — naturally — electronic editions from Liverlight Press.