There’s this principle called Moore’s Law that I don’t really understand, but it has to do with the fact that the speed of our computers/processors is increasing all the time. Those of us who got our first computer in college (mine was the then revolutionary MacIntosh) can readily attest to the pace at which technology is speeding up. From desktops to laptops to tablets to smart phones, from What’s App to Facebook to Twitter to Instagram, sometimes I feel as if the world is spinning so fast that I am immobilized. I am caught in a technology tornado. I click my heels three times and say, “there’s no place like the ’70’s, there’s no place like the ’70’s”, but to no avail. I cannot go back in time. Don’t get me wrong; I like my smartphone and am happy for the convenience all these devices and apps afford me. When I am able to cope with the speed, I am posting and tweeting, checking and responding to messages. And we wonder why there is so much ADD.
My big question is this: if Moore’s law is true, and things continue to speed up, what will happen to the human brain? Will it speed up too, thus changing the process and pace with which we integrate and respond to information? or will it stay the same and be left behind, struggling to keep up with technology?
Does anyone know?
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Dr. Sharon Goldstein Silton
Israel Medical Association Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Wife and mother of four