"Every perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination."

-- Gerald Edelman, Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge
10 Mnemonic video1 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today?How can we develop transformative tools for thought?2020-10-18Journal1 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today?2 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today?3 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today?4 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today?5 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today?6 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today?7 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today?8 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today?9 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today?10 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today?11 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today?12 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today?If tools for thought are so great, why isn't more work being done on them? Why aren't they a major industry? As noted in the introduction, there's certainly a lot of lip service paid. It is, for instance, common to hear technologists allude to Steve Jobs's metaphor of computers as “bicycles for the mind”. But in practice it's rarely more than lip service. Many pioneers of computing have been deeply disappointed in the limited use of computers as tools to improve human cognition. Douglas Engelbart disparaged the “dangerous, disappointing, narrow, path that we seem to be stuck with following”. When asked in 2006 how much of his vision had been achieved, Engelbart replied facetiously “about 2.8 percent”. Alan Kay gives talks asserting “The real computer revolution hasn't happened yet” and in an interview has described the modern web as “reinventing the flat tire… at least give us what Engelbart did, for Christ's sake.” Continue reading… Index 1 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today? 2 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today? 3 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today? 4 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today? 5 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today? 6 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today? 7 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today? 8 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today? 9 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today? 10 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today? 11 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today? 12 Why isn't there more work on tools for thought today? Continue reading…