A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of doing an interview with the BBC World Service’s excellent show Digital Planet. One thing we discussed was the way software tools, by automating certain mental chores, may in subtle ways weaken our ability to learn. We talked, in particular, about how the reliance on GPS systems may weaken our ability to build mental maps of space, as well as about a fascinating Dutch study that showed that user-friendly software can lead to intellectual laziness.
And then, today, that BBC News article turned into a Daily Telegraph piece with this headline:
I can’t wait to see the headline in the News of the World.