How much can we afford to forget, if we train machines to remember?

Read the full essay at Aeon

“As the internet grows ever more powerful and comprehensive, why bother to remember and retain information? If students can access the world’s knowledge on a smartphone, why should they be required to carry so much of it around in their heads?”

Gene Tracy
Chancellor professor of physics at William & Mary, Virginia. His blog about science and culture is at The Icarus Question.

For me this is a complex issue, we routinely no longer learn what was previously required learning. Whether that was Latin, or how to hunt for own food. So what is different today? Tracy makes some good points about that. I am still unsure though.

Image of a chemistry lecture theatre in Miami University c.1920, source: Snyder, Frank R. Flickr: Miami U. Libraries – Digital Collections [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons