Salomon, G., & Perkins, D. (2005). Do technologies make us smarter? Intellectual amplification with, of and through technology. In R. J. Sternberg, & D. D. Preiss (Eds). Intelligence and technology: The impact of tools on the nature and development of human abilities (pp. 71-86). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Solomon’s article discusses whether technology, in it’s various forms, makes us smarter. He explores everything from the mundane technologies and implements that we use as tools for our daily lives, to those that are used for learning, their effects with, of and through technology. He also discusses that how we use them, whether or not we are experts at the particular technology, and how we interact with them will determine whether they make use smarter. He concludes that technology can improve cognition if they are integrated into the activity to the point that they help organize the thought processes of the activity.
As an examination of the use of technology, Solomon helps to categorize how human beings can utilize technology to improve cognitive abilities. The article gives insight into how we have developed tools throughout human existence, to make our lives easier. But the real value of the tools that we create is to build on top of existing tools, techniques, and methods so that we can explore and discover new knowledge. By that token, technology is essential in making us smarter. The use of technology can allow us to tap into previously unused or underutilizied areas of the mind to effect better absorption and learning to enable us to iteratively create new tools and techniques which enable us to achieve higher levels of intellect.
The article provides a great foundation for exploring opportunities to discover new ways to use technology in learning science, create new learning tools and applications of emerging technology. Our cognitive abilities can be enhanced, not only by experiencing the evolutionary processes that improve human quality of life, but also the ability to accelerate learning, leading to revolutionary advancements in human knowledge and capability. So, this article provides incentive to research, develop and implement technology for new educational systems which can then collectively raise the intelligence of the human race.