Boosting Brainpower via neurogenesis is a must read for all. We know so much now about the brain. From the article:
...rewiring is an example of neuroplasticity, the adult brain’s ability to change and remold itself. Scientists are finding that the adult brain is far more malleable than they once thought. Our behavior and environment can cause substantial rewiring of the brain or a reorganization of its functions and where they are located. Some believe that even our patterns of thinking alone are enough to reshape the brain.
So knowing that we no longer need to remember phone numbers and that we can track friends through facebook, that we can gps or iphone for wayfinding, that the revolution in information has already happened (and the financial crisis is just speeding along the demise of printed text --newspapers --much faster), then our future is still undetermined. One thing we know -- our brains will adapt and change.
But how? We know technology is changing us (read about one study and search engines and the prospect of wholesale rewiring of our brains through exposure to technology) but we are in process in this revolution, this warp speed change so how, exactly, is the question.