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Knowledge has become a kind of obesity of the mind in the digital age. Why remember anything or master a skill if you don’t have to? Could knowledge become a commodity? Perhaps people who know things without using Google or Photomath will be considered superior, maybe even genius.

Humans aren’t going to be running the show too much longer. The machines are learning fast and securing our dependency on them. They don’t just fix our brains; they ARE our brains.

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“Point your camera toward a math problem and Photomath will magically show the result” Photomath

And all I had was the TI-89 calculator!

The answers are already here at our fingertips. Not just for math but for foreign languages and all types of knowledge. What’s the capital of Uruguay? Just google it or ask Amazon’s Alexa. Can’t decide which photo to use? Ask an algorithm like the Roll to identify your best photo. Facebook automatically identifies people in photos just in case you can’t recall that person’s name from last night’s dinner party.

Knowledge has become a kind of obesity of the mind in the digital age.

Why remember anything or master a skill if you don’t have to? Could knowledge become a commodity? Perhaps people who know things without using Google or Photomath will be considered superior, maybe even genius.

Humans aren’t going to be running the show too much longer. The machines are learning fast and securing our dependency on them. They don’t just fix our brains; they ARE our brains.

Perhaps all that’ll make us human is the ability to feel emotion and dream. But is that enough?

Well, at least if the cars pilot themselves we can do more thinking about how human brains were once considered computers.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of Discvr.blog and four books.